Enbridge pipeline approved on conditions

A proposed pipeline will pass between Vanderhoof and Fort St. James if all conditions are met.

  • Aug. 18, 2014 6:00 a.m.

An Enbridge oil pipeline has been approved and if all conditions are met will pass between Vanderhoof and Fort St. James.

In June, the government of Canada approved the Northern Gateway pipeline with 209 set conditions. The purposed twin pipeline system is planned to run from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, B.C, carrying natural gas condensate and will be 11,770 km long. From the first application until now, Northern Gateway has spent close to 12 years designing the project to meet the needs of British Columbians, Albertans and provincial and federal governments, said Janet Holder, executive director of Western Access.

“It was not a quick process, maybe one of the most reviewed in all of Canada,” said Ms Holder.

When asked to compare environmental efforts to that of the recent Mount Polly project, Ms. Holder answered, “There is clearly a perception issue for all industry but all projects need to be judged on their own merits. We are in a different process than what would transpire in other projects. We are a national project and there are different regulations and considerations than provincial projects.”

Before construction can even begin, 113 of the conditions must first be met. Although there is talk about starting construction in 15-18 months, the conditions are so extensive a lot of them have to be filed one year in advance of start-up. These conditions are laid out by the National Energy Board of B.C. and a majority of them pertain to socio economic conditions including consultations with Aboriginal communities, capacity building such as making sure eligible workers have the skills and requirements to work on the project and becoming a part of each community’s sustainability plan.

“The only access point is through Vanderhoof so we certainly want to be a part of the plans that go through,” said Mayor Gerry Thiessen. “We want to be a community that people are attracted to coming to and staying in.”

The main focus now is to use community colleges to train local workers. Also in terms of local hiring, the project has a requirement to fill the gaps of what is needed and what the communities can provide. The project has spent over $3 million on education already, even before being approved. Another step is procuring emergency response consultations with each individual community.

“The more we work on these conditions the more we realize we must be aggressive because there is so much work still needing to be done to meet the requirements,” said Ms. Holder. There is still a lot of consultations needing to be done and communities will probably be seeing more of us in the next year,” said Ms. Holder.


Just Posted

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. Northern Health confirmed it has the lowest vaccination rates amongst the province’s five regional health authorities. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Vaccination rates in Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Fort St James well below provincial average

COVID-19 immunization clinics for youth 12+ coming up in Fort St. James

Steve McAdam (left) is studying substrate conditions in the Nechako River and how they impact sturgeon eggs. The work will help design habitat restoration measures, said McAdam. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Sturgeon egg studies to help inform future habitat restoration

“It’s an interesting, challenging issue,” says Steve McAdam

Saik’uz First Nation Coun. Jasmine Thomas and Chief Priscilla Mueller speak about the need for addiction treatment facility near Vanderhoof, March 2021. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Vanderhoof addiction treatment centre tries again with ministry support

Agriculture minister insists she is not interfering in land commission

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Most Read