We need to hear some good news as well, like getting the job done, so we decided to add a progress report page. Note we are in no way affiliated with any company period, and make no income from reporting. We will do our best to keep you informed with the latest news.
March 8, 2019
On March 8, 2019 the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) informed Coastal GasLink that both the OGC and the provincial archaeological branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development (FLNRORD) have accepted the mitigation plan for Multi-Use Site 9A following the report of artifacts having been found at the site.
When Coastal GasLink was notified of the artifacts on Feb. 15, work at the site was immediately and voluntarily suspended and our Heritage Resource Discovery Contingency Plan put into place to protect the site.
Coastal GasLink contracted a qualified archeologist to develop an appropriate mitigation plan that would follow strict protocols in the event of further discoveries at the site.
The mitigation plan consists of the following three activities:
- Subsurface testing of topsoil pile;
- Intensive visual inspection of the disturbed area; and
- Ongoing monitoring throughout the construction and reclamation stages of the Project.
A full description of the activities is included in the mitigation plan and shared by the OGC with the legal counsel for members of the Unist’ot’en, should they wish to discuss the mitigation with the OGC.
In addition, the OGC informed Coastal GasLink that based on the presence of artifacts found at Site 9A, the province has included the site in British Columbia’s archaeology database.
The Archaeology Site Information Form filed by FLNRORD states:
“The small surface scatter was 100% collected and there was strong evidence suggesting that it was not in situ (artifacts were found sitting on top of a frozen slab of clay). Remaining sediments present are considered to be culturally sterile (clay). As such, legacy status is recommended for this site.”
Coastal GasLink looks forward to continuing to prepare site 9A for construction-related activities in accordance with our permits and archaeological mitigation plan.
The full OGC Information Bulletin can be found here.
March 3rd 2019
Doing our own research we can give you some very interesting information, the distance between where CGL is today, and where they will meet existing roads from the other side, meaning coming from Kitimat is near completion.
As the progress was being made out of the so called Unist’ot’en territory, it next enters Tsayu Territory. Based on the obstruction of CGL today (see this story) its reasonable to believe they have reached that point.We used registered traplines to find the boundaries of each territory, and we can show you from a Google Earth map where they are, and how far to existing roads they are. Tsayu Territory covers less than 2/3rds of the remaining gap.
For a full sized map click here. The brown lines are registered trapline territories as registered with the BC Government. Its also being used to claim land. TR0609T023 is registered to Warner William.