Northeast British Columbia Expansion project also given environmental assessment certificate

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Another project has also been given an environmental assessment certificate.

Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman issued the certificate to Plateau Pipe Line Ltd.

The decision was also made after a review from British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office.

This certificate carries 26 conditions that must be met. Each of the conditions are legally binding.

Some of those key conditions are:

  • protect moose during construction by restricting activities near suitable habitat during the moose calving season;
  • undertake wetland surveys prior to starting construction to inform the development of a wetland management plan, and compensate for any permanent loss of wetlands or wetland function;
  • develop additional mitigation measures to protect fish and wildlife if construction activities are to take place outside of least-risk timing windows;
  • undertake surveys prior to starting construction and develop site-specific mitigation measures to help protect endangered plants and ecological communities;
  • develop site-specific mitigation measures to help protect old growth forest;
  • develop a plan for protecting heritage resources, including engaging with Aboriginal groups and training Aboriginal monitors to identify heritage values; and
  • hire an environmental monitor for the construction phase, with the authority to stop work if necessary to prevent or reduce adverse effects from the project.

The project will also require federal, local, and provincial permits in order to go forward.

“The project is an approximately 147-kilometre long pipeline that will transport natural gas liquids, including condensate, propane, and butane, or other combinations of natural gas liquids. The proposed pipeline would run from northwest of Wonowon to an existing terminal near Taylor. The project will operate for a minimum of 25 years and have a transmission capacity of approximately 75,000 barrels per day (or 12,000 cubic metres per day).”

This map shows the location of the proposed pipeline.

Northeast British Columbia Expansion Pipeline - Pembina
Northeast British Columbia Expansion Pipeline – Pembina