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UPDATE: Updated to include statement from Coastal GasLink.

VICTORIA, B.C. — Coastal GasLink has been issued a third fine by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office for non-compliance. 

The newest $213,600 fine was handed down from the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) on January 18th for “continued deficiencies with erosion and sediment control measures” on the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline project. 

The fine was issued for actions of non-compliance at the Section 8 site of the project near Kitimat in February 2022. 

The previous two fines were in February 2022 for $72,500, and in May 2022 for $170,100

The EAO has conducted over 50 inspections along the pipeline’s construction since 2019. Since then, the EAO has issued 37 warnings, 17 orders, and three fines to CGL. 

CGL also recently came under fire from Wet’suet’en officials alleging CGL’s lack of sediment control along the Clore River put salmon and steelhead spawning grounds at risk.

In a January 25th release, the EAO stated compliance and enforcement officers have recommended additional financial penalties for other inspections be taken into consideration. These recommendations are currently under consideration. 

The EAO said it will continue closely monitoring the CGL pipeline project and ensure all requirements are met. 

Coastal GasLink released a statement on the new fine, stating that the fine came from an incident in February 2022, before the compliance agreement was signed.

“Today’s determination by the EAO is a reminder of how far we’ve come in a year, and we are encouraged by their recent recognition of that progress.”

To view documents associated with the administrative penalty, visit EAO’s website.

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Katherine Caddel is a recent graduate of Laurentian University's English Media and Rhetoric program. They grew up in Northern Ontario and recently decided to make the North Peace their new home. When not at work, Katherine enjoys horror movies, playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons.