Input sought on natural gas pipeline project

Proponents of another pipeline will explain their project at a public meeting tonight.

TransCanada is promoting their Coastal GasLink pipeline project at the Civic Centre between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. in rooms 204-206.

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The 700-kilometre pipeline would transport natural gas from the Dawson Creek area to Shell's proposed LNG Canada liquified natural gas facility near Kitimat.

The project, which was announced at the beginning of June, is expected to generate an estimated $17 million in annual property tax payments to the Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkely-Nechako and Kitimat-Stikine regional districts.

Pipeline proponents are already meeting with landowners, said Bruce Wells, TransCanada's director of program planning and execution for the Coastal GasLink project.

"The project will engage with aboriginal and local communities, gather their input and incorporate feedback into our route refinement process," Wells said during a presentation to the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George board of directors.

The final route, which is currently running north of Prince George and Vanderhoof and through Fraser Lake, will be developed by considering "landowner, stakeholder input, aboriginal input, environmental, archeological values, land use compatibility, public safety, constructability and economics," Wells said.

The company hopes to file an application for an environmental assessment by early 2014 and if all goes as scheduled, construction would begin by mid to late 2015.

"In preparing to submit our application for regulatory approval, we plan to do approximately a year of field work," Wells said.

Wells said jobs and business opportunities will be generated by the project, which is slated to have an office based in Prince George that's currently under construction.

More information about the project can be found online at www.transcanada.com/coastalgaslink.

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