Trent Ernst, Editor
Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. has submitted an application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) to obtain an Environmental Assessment Certificate.
As part of the process, the BC EAO has announced a 45-day public comment period, starting March 21. The BC EAO, with the support of Coastal GasLink, will host four open houses in northern B.C. communities during this comment period.
The proposed Project will involve the construction of an approximately 650 km 48 inch diameter natural gas transmission pipeline from near Groundbirch (approximately 40 km west of the City of Dawson Creek, BC) to the proposed LNG Canada export facility in the District of Kitimat, BC.
The proposed Project includes the installation of permanent facilities that include compressor stations at up to eight locations and meter station at up to three locations. To construct the proposed Project, ancillary sites, such as access roads, temporary bridges, storage areas for equipment and pipe, as well as construction camps to house workers, will also be required.
The proposed Project will have an initial capacity of approximately 2 to 3 billion cubic feet/day (bcf/d), with the potential for expansion up to approximately 5 bcf/d. The expansion scenario assessed in the Application does not involve the construction of additional pipeline; only the number of potential future compressor stations would change.
The proposed pipeline would run southwest from Groundbirch, following the Sukunka River Valley before crossing to the east side of the Rockies.
It would be a major step in the province’s LNG strategy, feeding natural gas to the Shell LNG plant in Kitimat.
The proposed project will contribute billions of dollars in construction-related expenditures, labour income and employment, and taxes to the municipal, provincial and federal governments over it’s 30-year lifespan, says the Application.
The project is expected to cost $4-billion to build, and will create 37,201 person-years worth of employment during construction.
For people interested in learning more about the project, there will be two open houses in the Tumbler Ridge area, though none in town. The first open house will be held in Dawson Creek, at the Best Western Hotel. It happens Thursday, March 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The second open house will be held in the Aspen Room of the Chetwynd Recreation Centre on Monday, March 25, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
To find out more, an electronic copy of the application and information regarding the British Columbia environmental assessment process are available at www.eao.gov.bc.ca.