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Coastal GasLink pipeline section near Prince George complete

Company seeking extension on temporary use permits in the region
Coastal Gaslink update
Coastal GaslInk has completed pipeline installation in Section 4, north of Prince George.

Coastal Gaslink’s 670-km natural gas pipeline between Kitimat and the B.C. Peace region is nearly 65 per cent complete, a statement issued by the company on Tuesday said.

Section 4, north of Prince George, and Section 1, west of Dawson Creek, have both achieved 100 per cent pipeline installation, the statement said.

“As we head into summer construction, Coastal GasLink is excited to announce two of eight section completions,” the statement said. “Completing these sections provides a solid foundation to build on as we focus on safely completing the remaining sections of the pipeline as projected in 2023.”

Section 4 is a 93-km section running from north of Prince George to northwest of Vanderhoof. According to the company’s monthly update from the end of April, 100 per cent of clearing, grading and pipeline installation has been completed in the section. The Vanderhoof worker lodge has been decommissioned.

Continued clean-up and erosion and sediment control are expected in the region, the update says.

Coastal Gaslink is seeking to renew its temporary use permits for eight stockpile sites and laydown yards on Crown land in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, north of Bear Lake.

Permits issued by the district previously are set to expire in May. Coastal Gaslink is seeking to renew them for three years.

One of the sites is just off of Highway 97, between Redrocky Lake and Kerry Lake – approximately 100 kilometres north of Prince George. Other sites are located along the Anzac River in the Mount Bracey area; on 100 Forest Service Road west of Highway 97; and in the area near Salmon River, west of Summit Lake.

“The purpose of (the temporary use permit) is to permit temporary laydown yard anciliary to pipeline construction activities use and temporary stockpile site (storage/warehouse facility use) on the subject land on the subject land for up to three-year period,” a public notice posted by the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George said.

The eight laydown yards and stockpile sites are on unsurveyed Crown land in the regional district. A laydown yard is an open area used for storing tools and equipment.

The sites range in size from 1.26 ha (roughly 3.11 acres) up to nearly 25 ha (61.7 acres), according to regional district reports going before the board of directors on May 19. The public has until noon on May 17 to provide comment to the regional district.

A spokesperson for Coastal GasLink did not return a request for comment as of Thursday.