Coastal GasLink is a 670-kilometer pipeline that will supply LNG Canada with natural gas from northeastern British Columbia. The pipeline will run from the Dawson Creek area to the LNG Canada facility in Kitimat.
The Coastal GasLink pipeline received an environmental assessment certificate on October 24, 2014. On May 16, 2018, the certificate was amended after two portions of the pipeline were redesigned.
In all, there are 32 conditions applied to Coastal GasLink’s environmental assessment certificate. These are legally-binding conditions the company must implement to remain in compliance and ensure environmental impacts are mitigated. British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office has procedures in place to ensure the pipeline is built in compliance with its environmental assessment certificate.
More details about the Environmental Assessment Office, the environmental assessment process, and Coastal GasLink’s certificate can be found on the Environmental Assessment Office’s project site here.
Permitting and facility approval
The Coastal GasLink pipeline is permitted for construction, with the majority of its required approvals provided by the BC Oil and Gas Commission.
Major permits have been approved for each pipeline section, a compressor station facility, and a meter station. The BC Oil and Gas Commission will oversee construction and operations throughout the entire life-cycle of the pipeline and its associated infrastructure.
More details about the BC Oil and Gas Commission and their role in the permitting process can be found on their major projects site here.
British Columbia has signed natural gas benefits agreements with First Nations along the Coastal GasLink pipeline route. In all, there are 15 agreements signed.
More details, including links to each agreement, are available on the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation’s website here.
Coastal GasLink also has agreements in place with First Nations along the pipeline route.