Third fine issued for Coastal GasLink pipeline due to erosion and sediment issues
The Coastal GasLink pipeline has been hit with another fine for its environmental impacts.
The province’s Environmental Assessment Office fined the company $213,000 for “continued deficiencies with erosion and sediment control measures.” The penalty was given for non-compliance in the pipeline’s section 8 near Kitimat.
The Environmental Assessment Office says more than 50 inspections have been done along the pipeline construction route since the project started in 2019, resulting in 37 warnings and two other financial penalties imposed last year: $72,500 in February and $170,100 in May.
In a statement, the B.C. government said compliance and enforcement officers have recommended additional financial penalties from other inspections in 2022, which are still under consideration.
The Environmental Assessment Office says it entered into a compliance agreement with Coastal GasLink last July that takes a more proactive approach to erosion for about 100 kilometres of the 670-kilometre pipeline route where ground had yet to be broken.
The Coastal GasLink pipeline is in its final scheduled year of construction. It will connect natural gas facilities near Dawson Creek to the LNG Canada liquid natural gas export facility in Kitimat, which is also under contraction.
With files from The Canadian Press.