Sep 21 2023

Coastal GasLink’s response to EAO Administrative Penalties

Posted by Coastal GasLink

ESC penalty stem from concerns promptly addressed prior to 2022 Compliance Agreement. 

Today, the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) announced two administrative penalties. The first relates to erosion and sediment control (ESC) events that occurred prior to the Compliance Agreement we signed in July 2022, while the second is for an unintentional reporting error.

The ESC concerns were identified during EAO inspections in April and May 2022 and we took immediate and decisive action to address them. Shortly after these inspections and associated non-compliances, we entered into the Compliance Agreement with B.C.’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

The reporting error was due to an administrative contractor record discrepancy that was provided to the EAO between October 2022 and January 2023. This was an unintentional and regrettable error, which we worked with the EAO to correct.

Coastal GasLink respects the role our regulators have in upholding the high regulatory standards we are committed to meeting. Those high standards matter to Indigenous and local communities, to the people of British Columbia, and they matter to us.

Coastal GasLink is now more than 94% complete and on track for mechanical completion at the end of this year. In 2023, we continue to make significant strides forward in how we manage ESC, including through this year’s challenging spring melt season. We continue to work closely with our regulators to improve and adapt our environmental protection measures as we look ahead to the final clean up of our project route.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to achieving the highest standards of environmental protection during construction and into the operation of Canada’s first direct path for LNG export.


As part of our enhanced ESC measures, we have implemented the following:

  • Proactive management and implementation of ESC mitigations due to plans that are developed and supervised by Certified Professionals in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESCs) throughout the Project
  • Greater collaboration and transparency with our Independent Erosion and Sediment Control Auditors
  • Increased regulatory oversight through the Compliance Agreement
  • Built the largest and most robust team of Erosion and Sediment Control Qualified Professionals in the province through additional training and hiring
  • Expanded erosion and sediment control training across our prime contractors and workforce .
For more information:

Read Coastal GasLink’s statement about our Compliance Agreement with the Minister of Environment

Read the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office’s administrative penalty

Read more about our team of dedicated environmental experts