Aircraft take off from Vanderhoof’s municipal airport. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Aircraft take off from Vanderhoof’s municipal airport. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Road closures result in CGL using helicopters to manage activities in Vanderhoof

Spring freshet impacting local road sites

Coastal GasLink (CGL) has taken to Vanderhoof skies to continue environmental protection work on the pipeline route.

The use of helicopters began last week due to road closures and restrictions caused by spring freshet.

“Currently, there is some use of limited alternative transportation methods via helicopter for a crew traveling from the Vanderhoof airport to the project route north of Vanderhoof,” said CGL spokesperson Natasha Westover.

“These crews are working on important erosion and sediment control measures that must be completed during the spring months.”

Read More: Soft road conditions force restricted access to forest service roads in Omineca Natural Resource Region

Regular transportation to and from the site using crew buses and vehicles won’t resume until the weather improves and roads reopen.

Westover added CGL values their relationship with local stakeholders and are working to maintain the integrity of the roads while minimizing noise from the use of helicopter transportation.

Construction progress continues with several milestones achieved, Westover said.

While project construction typically sees a slow down during spring break-up, the completion of 692 kilometers of pipe delivered along the 670 kilometre route with zero safety incidents was attained at the end of March.

Read More: COVID-19 outbreak at Coastal GasLink worksites declared over


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