Coastal GasLink (CGL) received its second fine this year for erosion and sediment control issues.
In a news release this afternoon (May 9), the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) said the administrative penalty of $107,000 is an escalation in enforcement action following a a previous fine of $72,500 (February), 16 orders and 37 erosion control warnings. since the start of the project in 2019.
“Several inspections between October 2021 and April 2022 at various locations along the construction right-of-way revealed continued non-compliance related to erosion and sediment control,” the statement said.
The company’s environmental assessment certificate, which CGL received in 2014, requires an environmental management plan “to protect sensitive wetlands and waterways from sediments caused by erosion that can negatively impact on water quality and fish habitat.
Recently, the company announced that it had 100% completed two segments of its 670 kilometer route between the gas fields in northeastern British Columbia and LNG Canada’s facility in Prince Rupert. The pipeline is fully installed in Section 1 west of Dawson Creek and Section 4 north of Prince George, CGL said May 2.
The EAO did not disclose where along the pipeline route it found non-compliance issues.
In late April, the company announced that it had replaced one of its main contractors on Section 7 of the highway, which runs from south Houston to north Morice Lake.
CGL has not yet responded to a request for comment from Black Press Media.