Have your say (again)

Trent Ernst, Editor

Another Day, another environmental assessment in the Peace. This time, the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) is holding a public comment period between now and April 10 on the draft Application Information Requirements for the proposed Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project.

Coastal GasLink is proposing to construct and operate an natural gas pipeline from Groundbirch, a small community 40 km west of Dawson Creek, BC, to the proposed LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat, BC, a distance of about 650 km.

Over the next few months, the BC EAO will be finalizing the Application Information Requirements (AIR), and information gathered during the public consultation will inform these requirements.

If built, the 48-inch (1,219 mm) diameter pipeline will will have an initial capacity of approximately 1.7 billion cubic feet (bcf)/day (48 million cubic metres (mmcm/d)) with the potential for expansion up to approximately 5 bcf/d (142 mmcm/d).

According to the BC EAO, they and Coastal GasLink are looking for feedback regarding whether the proposed studies, methods and information included in the draft AIR document satisfy public interests and concerns and whether the application should address further interests and concerns, and what those may be.

There are four open houses in the proposed project area, the closest one will be in Dawson Creek at the Best Western Dawson Creek Hotel on Thursday, March 21 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The BC EAO will accept written comments received during the public comment period.

You can view the draft AIR document on the BC EAO website at www.eao.gov.bc.ca.

Please note that all submissions received by the BC EAO during the comment period in relation to the Coastal GasLink Project are considered public and will be posted on the BC EAO website.

Once the application for an environmental certificate is submitted, a second round of comments, scheduled for early 2014, will be held.

If you have any questions about the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project, please call toll free, 1-855-633-2011.