May 1, 2020 — Construction of Coastal GasLink’s work camp in Vanderhoof is underway. In the picture — the camp being built behind the Vanderhoof Airport in the district. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

COVID-19: Coastal GasLink’s work continuing in Vanderhoof

Officials didn’t give any specific month but said they are expecting the Vanderhoof Lodge to be ready for occupancy this summer.

In Vanderhoof, Coastal GasLink contractors are continuing work to build the Vanderhoof Lodge, officials say.

The work that has been completed on-site, behind the Vanderhoof Airport includes clearing, grading and matting to protect the soil, said Suzanne Wilton, Coastal GasLink communications team lead.

Wilton said this work is being completed by local contractors, who have hired local workers. They are carrying on their duties in accordance with all guidelines set by the health ministry and province, she said.

“Once this is completed, the main lodge installation will be completed by approximately 50 workers staying in a temporary pioneer lodge that is currently being set up on the site,” she said.

Meanwhile, the company is evaluating schedules and they anticipate that the lodge will be ready for occupancy by the “Summer of 2020”.

“As essential activities continue across the route, we continue to take guidance from all levels of government, Northern Health and WorkSafeBC to determine the most proactive and responsible actions to take to keep our crews, their families and communities safe,” Wilton added.

Additionally, to monitor the health of the workforce, there is a medic on site. Coastal GasLink’s medical provider is International SOS.

“As part of following Dr. Henry’s guidelines, physical distancing requirements are integrated in our plans along with all other provincially mandated requirements,” Wilton said.

Local officials are being kept in the loop in regard to the camp’s construction and the measures taken by CGL to keep people and communities safe, she said. Meanwhile, officials from the pipeline company were invited to participate in the COVID-19 Omineca Regional Response group on Facebook, to share information from the company’s side and for them to understand Vanderhoof’s situation amidst COVID-19 as well.

READ MORE: Coastal GasLink completes right-of-way clearing for first section of pipeline route

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

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May 1, 2020 — Officials said they expect the Vanderhoof Lodge to be ready for workers by the Summer of 2020.

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