Coastal GasLink – Progress Report

 

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.


April 18, 2019

Building a pipeline safely takes a lot of time, effort and preparation.

It starts with undertaking a full environmental assessment of the project, and by considering all the important values British Columbians want to protect from important cultural areas to the wildlife and flora that live in our forests.

Construction permits are granted by two provincial bodies: the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) and the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). These agencies work with other areas of the provincial government, such as the Archaeology Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development if further expertise is required.

Once an Environmental Assessment Certificate is granted to build a pipeline, a number of other construction permits are required that are more specific to local areas along the pipeline route.

Coastal GasLink was successful in receiving an Environmental Assessment Certificate from the EAO and ten separate permits from the OGC, each containing up to 70 conditions that protect the environment and govern how we communicate with the OGC, First Nations and other potentially affected stakeholders. This followed rigorous multi-year review and was supported by more than 7,000 pages of documentation.

As part of our permit application process, Coastal GasLink was required to undertake in-depth assessments of the route to ensure we fully understood the area and mitigated impacts where necessary.

For example, in areas that were likely to have been used by Indigenous people, we worked with qualified archaeologists and often members of the nearby First Nation, to identify any areas of importance or significance that would need special protection during construction.

We also identified areas critical for bird nesting and obtained permits that restrict us from work during important nesting periods, or that identify mitigation to minimize any effects.

If there was an area used extensively for trapping, Coastal GasLink would hire a qualified professional trapper to determine what trapping activities were going on in the area and develop mitigation plans to avoid adversely affecting the trappers and their traplines. In the event of an unavoidable disturbance, Coastal GasLink would seek to compensate trappers for losses that might arise as a result of construction.

If important cultural or heritage values are found when undertaking construction, Coastal GasLink implements our Heritage Resource Discovery Contingency Plan, in accordance with our permit conditions and provincial regulations, to ensure these values are identified and protected.

We understand that some disturbance is unavoidable during pipeline construction. But by working closely with the regulators and engagement with Indigenous communities and other interested parties, we can protect the environment and ensure that the cultural values of British Columbians are respected during construction and future operation of the natural gas pipeline.


Mar 29, 2019

 

The Coastal GasLink project has already started creating jobs and providing benefits with preliminary construction activities well underway.

For the past few weeks, we have been focused on getting key areas along the eastern section of the project route near Chetwynd ready for mainline construction, which gets underway next year.

Before we can commence assembling the pipeline, we need to prepare the sites where we will build the workforce accommodations that will house the many women and men who will build the project. That is a key part of the work we are doing now.

This preliminary construction work includes general snow clearing, brushing and upgrading access roads with many local workers and businesses helping us.

At Coastal GasLink, we are committed to making sure you have access to the information you need about our project and the construction program. Be sure to drop us a line if you would like more information or to register for our newsletter.

 

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.

Not long ago this construction site belonged to Pacific Trails Pipeline Camp 3.      CGL is getting quite close to this location now. See map below.

 

 

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.

CGL is getting close to its target destination as it goes across the last of Wet’suwet’en territory.

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.