Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project

About this project

As a utility, meeting the energy needs of our customers is what FortisBC does every day.

That’s why when our customer Woodfibre LNG asked us if we could deliver natural gas to them, we began to explore how and proposed the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (EGP) project. And we also started talking with the community right away.

The proposed project will expand a portion of our existing natural gas transmission system, which was built in 1991 to serve Squamish, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.

It involves adding about 47 kilometres of new 24-inch gas pipeline from north of Coquitlam to the Woodfibre LNG site, and an additional three kilometres of pipe near Westwood Plateau in north Coquitlam. 

Project overview

  • 50 kilometres of new gas pipeline between Coquitlam and Squamish; majority of route alongside existing right of way to minimize environmental footprint
  • Protecting Squamish Estuary by building a nine-kilometre tunnel to pass underneath 
  • New compressor station at Woodfibre LNG site and new equipment at Eagle Mountain Compressor Station
  • Ongoing engagement with local communities since 2013 
  • Rigorous environmental reviews leading to BC Environmental Assessment Office and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) approvals in 2016

Quick facts

The proposed route

map of the proposed gas pipeline expansion and compressor stations

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Generally, the new gas pipeline will follow the existing gas pipeline route to limit new impacts to the environment along the route.

In some cases, following the existing route entirely will not be possible. Throughout project planning we've worked to minimize impacts and respond to feedback. Examples include:

  • achieving the shortest possible route and the smallest overall footprint
  • minimizing crossings of streams and rivers
  • incorporating Indigenous, landowner and stakeholder input
  • avoiding known archaeological or heritage sites
  • avoiding sensitive terrain and environmental areas

We are continuing to engage with stakeholders, communities and Indigenous groups to minimize impacts, while also being safe and practical.

Take a closer look at LNG

By providing Woodfibre LNG with natural gas, this will allow them to produce liquefied natural gas, also known as LNG. It’s made from the same natural gas you use for cooking and heating in your home every day.

LNG is produced by cooling natural gas to -162 C, which transforms it into a colourless, non-toxic liquid that is much smaller in size. In this liquid state, it is stored and transported in double-walled insulated tanks.

It can then be used as a fuel for trucks and ships, or exported to communities overseas where it’s converted back to gas form to heat homes and businesses.

FortisBC has been working safely with LNG for more than 50 years, and travelling throughout BC doing live demonstrations and presentations to explain what LNG is.

As part of these safety demonstrations, our team explains how LNG is made and how it interacts with air, water and soil. FortisBC also trains emergency responders on how to handle an LNG emergency.

We’ve developed an LNG overview to help give you the facts about how LNG is one of the safest ways to deliver energy.

Project maps in Squamish and Coquitlam

The following maps illustrate the various proposed project components in Squamish and Coquitlam.

Squamish

Illustrated Squamish route map

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Coquitlam

Illustrated Coquitlam map of gas pipeline and compressor station

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Rigorous environmental reviews and research

For more than eight years, we’ve been meeting with local residents, Indigenous groups, stakeholders, local government and the regulators to gather and incorporate feedback into various aspects of our environmental assessment.

On June 24, 2016, Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw Chiefs and Council voted to approve the project. On August 9, 2016, the provincial government issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the project.

Project changes approved

Since then, a number of project changes were proposed to reflect community feedback and technical advancements identified during detailed design. In fall 2021, the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) approved these changes, followed by Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw’s approval in early 2022 as part of a harmonized review process with the EAO. These approvals amended both the Environmental Assessment Certificate and the Squamish Nation Environmental Assessment Agreement. Learn more about these changes and what we proposed.

Condition management plans

We also continue to develop and refine the condition management plans that were included as part of the certificate. We anticipate completing these plans in 2022 and continue to address all other certificate conditions as the project progresses.

We will continue engaging with Indigenous groups, local stakeholders and the community as the project moves forward.

Protecting the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area

The 673-hectare Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area (WMA) plays an important ecological role and serves as habitat for wildlife. Our existing system has been operating underneath the WMA since 1991 safely and without incident.

To access the Woodfibre LNG site, a segment of the proposed expanded gas pipeline section needs to be installed underneath the WMA. We are committed to operating responsibly and mitigating potential environmental impacts.

In response to public and local Indigenous community input, FortisBC has proposed the following approach to installing the gas pipeline under the estuary:

  • An underground tunnel would be built about 25 metres below the estuary waterbed. The new sections of gas pipeline will be installed within the tunnel.
  • Tunnel construction would continue through the Monmouth Ridge Mountain and exit at the Woodfibre LNG site.
Illustrated graphic of the proposed tunnel under the Squamish Estuary

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Compressor stations

Compressor stations are one of the most important components of the natural gas transportation system. They perform the essential tasks of compressing the natural gas and regulating its pressure so it can flow through the system to our customers’ homes and businesses.

To provide service to Woodfibre LNG, we considered a number of factors, including feedback from the public, the District of Squamish and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw during the environmental assessment processes. We’ll continue to listen and respond as we move forward.

Squamish

We have also proposed to build a new compressor station in Squamish. The new Squamish Compressor Station will help keep the gas moving through our existing system as it makes its way to our customers on the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.

Following extensive consultation and community feedback, we sought approval to relocate the Squamish compressor station to the Woodfibre LNG site from the previously proposed Mount Mulligan location. With this new site, the compressor station would be more than seven kilometres away from the nearest residences. The Woodfibre LNG property is already an industrial site. Constructing the compressor station at this location will result in less disturbance to the surroundings than at a previously undisturbed site like Mount Mulligan. We’ve also modified the design of the station to reduce the number of compressor units and overall horsepower.

Coquitlam

We would install two new electric powered compressor units at the existing Eagle Mountain compressor station in Coquitlam, reconfiguring the station to accommodate this expansion within the existing footprint. Manufacturers of these units have modified the products they offer since we received our Environmental Assessment Certificate in 2016, resulting in increased size and horsepower that eliminates the need for new excavation. The reconfiguration to allow the increased size of the units was approved by the Environmental Assessment Office and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw through a harmonized review process, and minimizes the environmental and visual impacts of this work.

Proposal for two pipes in the Squamish tunnel

We are in discussions with Indigenous Nations and regulators around a proposal to install an additional segment of pipeline in the tunnel being built under the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area near Squamish, as part of the Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project.

Installing a second 24-inch pipeline in the tunnel would provide redundancy and reduce the risk of interrupting supply to Woodfibre LNG. This approach is consistent with FortisBC’s other existing large underwater crossings on the Vancouver Island Transmission System. The tunnel being built as part of the project will be backfilled following construction, meaning the natural gas pipeline in it will not be accessible post-construction.

There would be no increase in the volume of natural gas delivered to the Woodfibre LNG facility as a result of this proposal. The capacity of the new pipeline servicing Woodfibre LNG is limited by the existing natural gas pipeline segment within the Coquitlam Watershed, which is not being expanded as part of the Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project.

This proposal would not change the tunnel size, location or construction workspace.

Anyone who has questions or wants to provide feedback can contact us anytime at 1-855-380-5784 or egp@fortisbc.com. We also invite the community to join us at one of our upcoming public information sessions, in Squamish on April 27 or Coquitlam on May 3.

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EGP project changes approved

The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) have approved our amendment application for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (EGP) project. These approvals are significant milestones for the project and are the result of a harmonized process between the EAO and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw in their parallel reviews.

“These changes reflect years of community engagement and detailed project planning” said Darrin Marshall, EGP project director at FortisBC. “It’s through listening and engagement that we’ve strengthened and refined this project, and we’re grateful for the input we’ve received.”

Approval of these amendments brings the EGP project a step closer to construction, and ultimately, to delivery of natural gas to the proposed Woodfibre LNG facility. 

The approved changes include:

  • a new location for the Squamish Compressor Station at the Woodfibre LNG site based on feedback from the local community;
  • rerouting an eight-kilometre section of the new gas pipeline in Stawamus Valley to minimize impacts and reflect input from Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw;
  • increasing the size of two planned compressor units at the Eagle Mountain Compressor Station and accommodating this expansion within the existing footprint; and,
  • constructing an additional three-kilometre section of gas pipeline adjacent to the existing line, near the Eagle Mountain Compressor Station in Coquitlam, to add capacity and increase reliability of natural gas supply.

These changes will be reflected in the project’s provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate as well as the Environmental Assessment Agreement with Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, both of which received initial approval in 2016. 

We want to thank the community for their engagement with us to-date, and we look forward to continuing our engagement with Indigenous groups, stakeholders and local communities as the project progresses. To stay updated on the latest project news, sign up for our e-newsletter.

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Proposed size increase for workforce lodging site

FortisBC is proposing to increase the size of our planned temporary workforce lodging site for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (EGP) project. The proposal would increase the size of the temporary workforce lodge site from two hectares to seven hectares – addressing issues raised by the community around pressure on local housing, traffic congestion and community resources. Previous proposals had anticipated that the majority of the workforce would be housed locally rather than at the lodge.

Key details of the changes include:

  • Expanding the workforce lodge site to seven hectares, ensuring FortisBC can house approximately 600 non-local workers at a single site.
  • Adding additional onsite facilities such as lounge, first aid, exercise and recreation areas to reduce worker pressure on community facilities.
  • The preferred location for the workforce lodge is a previously disturbed site south of Quest University.

FortisBC remains committed to hiring locally for the EGP project wherever possible. It is our priority to ensure that the local community has the opportunity to benefit from the project through jobs and material procurement, and to reduce potential pressure on local services from out-of-town workers.

Details regarding site construction and operations are currently in development, including gathering ongoing input from local community representatives and Indigenous groups. FortisBC anticipates submitting an application to amend our existing environmental approvals through the Environmental Assessment Office and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) in 2022.
 

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Join us for upcoming information sessions

We're hosting an information session in Squamish on April 27 and Coquitlam on May 3 to hear from the community and provide a project update.

Please join us to learn more, ask questions and share your thoughts. We’re committed to continuing to engage with the community as we prepare for construction, which we anticipate beginning in 2023.

Register for our in-person information sessions now.

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Upcoming pre-construction activities in Squamish

We will be carrying out investigative activities ahead of construction from mid-March through mid-April in Squamish. 

In order to mitigate traffic impacts on Loggers Lane and Queens Way during construction, we are planning to install sections of our gas pipeline by digging underground tunnels that we could push the gas line through. To support our design and planning, we’ll need to install monitoring equipment in three narrow, vertical holes at the following locations: 

  • Two vertical holes on FortisBC right of way along Finch Drive. There will be single-lane alternating closures on Finch Drive near Kingfisher Road and Loggers Lane to give our crews the space they need to work safely.  Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. with drilling activities expected to take approximately two days at each location. We will have traffic control personnel on site to help safely assist traffic. 
  • One vertical hole on a private property along Industrial Way near Queens Way. There will be no traffic impacts at this location. 

We will also be drilling an additional five narrow, vertical holes on private land at the BC Rail property to learn more about the site’s soil conditions. This investigative work will support the design of the entry portal at the BC Rail property for an approximately nine-kilometre, underground tunnel to the Woodfibre LNG site. The tunnel will play an important role in protecting sensitive ecosystems and wildlife by passing beneath the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary.

Nearby residents and businesses are being notified in advance of this work, and may notice some larger equipment and machinery, as well as vibration and noise levels comparable to normal construction.

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Update on tunnel component of the project

FortisBC awarded the contract for the tunnel component of the project to Frontier-Kemper Michels Joint Venture in February 2022. The contractor will be responsible for both designing and constructing the approximately nine-kilometre tunnel, which will play an important role in protecting sensitive ecosystems and wildlife in Squamish. FortisBC will use the tunnel to house the project’s proposed gas pipeline system about 25 metres below the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary waterbed.

Awarding the tunnel contract is an important step forward for the project, with construction anticipated to begin in early 2023. We’ll continue engaging Indigenous communities, local governments, residents, and businesses to incorporate feedback as the project progresses.

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EAO decision on EGP project changes

The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has approved project changes introduced to reflect community feedback and technical advancements. The approved changes will amend FortisBC’s existing Environmental Assessment Certificate, which the project received in 2016.

As part of the review process, the BC EAO and Squamish Nation have been working collaboratively to review the changes. We’re pleased to have the EAO’s approval, and look forward to learning of Squamish Nation’s decision, anticipated later this year.

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Weather extends schedule for geotechnical investigations

Due to weather conditions in recent weeks, we’ve extended our timeline for geotechnical investigations near Squamish and in the Indian River Valley.

Weather permitting, we now anticipate completing the work on Mount Mulligan near Squamish by early November. Approximately two weeks of helicopter activity during the day is anticipated for these investigations. This work is related to the proposed gas pipeline and is not related to the Squamish Compressor Station, which FortisBC has proposed relocating to the Woodfibre LNG site.

For the one drill location near Hixon Creek in the Indian River Valley, we now anticipate work to begin at the end of October, subject to safe road conditions and favourable weather. We expect this work to be completed within a few days.

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Proposed relocation of existing gas line northeast of Valleycliffe

As the project progresses, we are continuing to apply for a number of key permits. This includes an Oil and Gas Commission permit that will allow us to adjust a portion of our existing gas line northeast of the Squamish Valleycliffe area. In particular, we are proposing to decommission approximately 2.3 kilometres of our existing 10-inch gas line and replace it with 3.1 kilometres of new 10-inch gas line that will run alongside the new proposed project route. This relocation will reduce impacts to landowners by combining new and existing infrastructure.

Construction of this replacement pipe will coincide with the new 24-inch gas pipeline to minimize disruption. A consultation and notification package will be sent to recipients in proximity of this proposed replacement to provide further details.

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Upcoming geotechnical investigations near Squamish and in the Indian River Valley

As we continue project planning, we will be carrying out geotechnical investigations on Mount Mulligan in the Squamish area and near Hixon Creek in the Indian River Valley. These investigations will involve drilling narrow, vertical holes so we can learn more about the subsurface soil and rock conditions. 

On Mount Mulligan the investigation sites are along hard-to-access areas of the proposed project route, so we will be using helicopters to transport the equipment. This will minimize environmental disturbance and eliminate the need to build access roads. These geotechnical investigations are not related to the Squamish Compressor Station, which FortisBC has proposed relocating to the Woodfibre LNG site.

In the Indian River Valley we will be accessing the investigation area via existing forest service roads. 

There will be a total of three drilling sites across two locations, these include:

  • Two vertical holes near Ray Creek on the southern side of Mount Mulligan near Squamish. We expect this work to begin late August and continue through to early October with approximately two weeks of anticipated daytime helicopter activity.
  • One vertical hole on our proposed right of way near Hixon Creek in the Indian River Valley. We anticipate work to begin mid-September and be completed in a few days.

To provide a safe landing area for the helicopter at the Mount Mulligan sites we will build a temporary platform. To do so, we will clear some vegetation over a space of approximately 325 square feet at each location, the majority of which will be on our existing rights of way. Environmental monitors will be onsite to ensure the work complies with environmental requirements. 

We have been working closely with the regulators, local stakeholders, and Indigenous communities to develop this geotechnical investigation program, and will continue to engage these groups and keep the public informed as the work progresses.
 

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Extension of Environmental Assessment Certificate approved

FortisBC has received approval of its application to extend the Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) for the project from the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). This extension adds five years to the EAC, which was initially approved in 2016.

The approval is independent of our application for project amendments that are currently under review by both the EAO and Squamish Nation through a collaborative, harmonized process. We anticipate construction to begin in mid-2022, provided the proposed amendments are approved this year.

We’ve continued to build awareness and understanding of the project since 2016. This includes reflecting years of local community feedback and technical advancements in the project’s design, which have led to the changes currently under review.

We will continue to engage residents, stakeholders and Indigenous groups at every key step as the project progresses.

To learn more about the EAO’s extension process visit projects.eao.gov.bc.ca.

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Environmental surveys in Squamish and Coquitlam

As project planning continues, FortisBC will be conducting environmental surveys in various locations in the District of Squamish and north Coquitlam area. These routine surveys to support project permitting include:

  • Surveys in the District of Squamish near Finch Drive, Loggers Sports Grounds, the local RCMP detachment, and a couple of locations near Highway 99. We expect these surveys to occur in two parts, the first beginning in late May/early June and concluding in mid-June, and the second beginning late July and concluding in mid-August.
  • Surveys in Coquitlam near Eagle Mountain Park, specifically, near the BC Hydro Meridian Substation on Eagle Mountain Drive in the area of the proposed electrical substation facility. We expect these surveys to begin in late July and conclude in early August.

The surveys involve collecting visual field data through wetland surveys, aquatics surveys, wildlife and wildlife habitat surveys, as well as identifying rare and invasive plant species. Our environmental consultants will complete the surveys on foot during daylight hours while utilizing existing access and trails where possible. No ground disturbance will be required.

We will continue to keep the public informed as the project progresses.

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Upcoming field work at BC Rail property in Squamish

As our planning continues for the tunnel segment of the project, we will be performing a groundwater monitoring program to support this work.

This program will take place on private land at the BC Rail property in Squamish and will be carried out in three phases. The first phase involves the installation of groundwater monitoring wells, which is planned for early-to-mid December and will last approximately two weeks. This work will involve drilling and the installation of two-inch-wide wells at locations within the property.

The next phases will begin in early-2021 and will involve a pump test program and a groundwater monitoring program.

We will ensure that all work meets environmental requirements.

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Recordings from fall Squamish and Coquitlam information sessions

This November and December we hosted four virtual information sessions as part of our community engagement on the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project. Two of these sessions invited Squamish community members for an update on the project including topics related to our Environmental Assessment Certificate amendments near Squamish; providing opportunities to the community during construction; and the details of our Waste Discharge Permit application to the Oil & Gas Commission.

The remaining two sessions focused on Coquitlam, highlighting our proposed work to add two new electric powered compressor units at our Eagle Mountain compressor station, as well as plans to twin a three-kilometre section of our existing pipeline near Westwood Plateau.

During these sessions, the community asked many questions on a wide range of topics related to the project, and the work that we do as a company. A summary of these questions and answers and will be posted on our website once compiled. We will consolidate responses where similar questions were received.

For anyone who was unable to participate in either session, we have posted a recording of the November 18 session presentation in Squamish, and of the December 3 session in Coquitlam.

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Coquitlam virtual information sessions

We’re hosting two virtual information sessions in early December as part of our community engagement on the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project.

We’ll provide an update on the project at both sessions. We’ll also talk about our proposed plan to add two new electric powered compressor units within the existing footprint of our Eagle Mountain compressor station in Coquitlam while minimizing the environmental and visual impact of the work. Also, we will discuss our proposal to add three kilometres of pipeline next to our existing pipeline near Westwood Plateau, which would increase capacity and reliability, will also be discussed.

Many of these developments have already been informed by community feedback. We look forward to updating you on our progress and answer any questions at our upcoming virtual information sessions.

Please join us:

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Following the information sessions, a recording of the presentation will be made available on the project website.

Can’t join us for an information session? 

EGP Coquitlam Map

 

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FortisBC applies for an Environmental Assessment Certificate extension

FortisBC is applying to extend our Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project, as it will currently expire in August 2021.

Since we initially received our provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate and Squamish Nation Environmental Assessment Agreement in 2016, we’ve been advancing the project and making progress in a number of areas. One notable undertaking in recent years has been our Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment Application. This application contains four proposed amendments, which are the result of careful review, listening to community feedback, and further detailed design.

The application to extend our certificate is an opportunity to ensure that these years of engagement and careful review are reflected in the project.

We will continue to engage residents, stakeholders and Indigenous groups at every key step as the project progresses. This includes hosting upcoming virtual public information sessions this fall.

To learn more about the EAO’s extension process visit projects.eao.gov.bc.ca.

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Squamish virtual information sessions

We’re hosting two virtual information sessions in November as part of our community engagement on the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project.

We’ll provide an update on the project at both sessions. We’ll also talk about our proposed new location for the Squamish compressor station; the proposed rerouting of an eight-kilometre section of the pipeline extension in Stawamus Valley to minimize impacts and consider input from the Squamish Nation; how we’ll provide opportunities to the community during construction, including the hiring of local and Indigenous contractors; and details of our Waste Discharge Permit application to the Oil & Gas Commission.

There will be opportunities for the community to get their questions answered and provide feedback.

Please join us:

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Following the information sessions, a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation will be made available on the project website here.  

Can’t join us for an information session? 

  • Ask us a question or provide your feedback by phone or email. 
  • Call us at 1-855-380-5784
  • Email us at egp@fortisbc.com
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Environmental Assessment Certificate amendments filed

We have submitted our application to amend the project’s Environmental Assessment Certificate, following months of planning and community engagement. As announced earlier this year, the amendments seek to include refinements in project design, incorporate feedback from Indigenous and local communities, and minimize potential project impacts.

Proposed changes include:

  • the option of a new location for the Squamish compressor station at the Woodfibre LNG site;
  • rerouting an eight-kilometre section of the pipeline in the Stawamus Valley;
  • increasing the size of two planned compressor units at the Eagle Mountain compressor station and accommodating the expansion within the existing footprint; and,
  • the addition of three-kilometres of pipeline near the Eagle Mountain compressor station.

In 2016, the project received both a provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate as well as a Squamish Nation Environmental Assessment Agreement following rigorous environmental review and extensive community engagement. We are now seeking approval from both bodies to amend the certificate and agreement based on our proposed changes.

We look forward to continued engagement with Indigenous groups, stakeholders, and local communities. This includes hosting upcoming public information sessions that will take place in mid-November.

Learn more about our amendments here.

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Upcoming geotechnical work on forest service roads in Stawamus Valley and Indian River Valley

As our project planning continues, we are planning to carry out geotechnical work along forest service roads in the Stawamus Valley and Indian River Valley.

Geotechnical investigations involve drilling narrow, vertical holes so we can learn more about the subsurface soil and rock conditions. Beginning in mid-September, the work will start near the 25-kilometre post of the Stawamus/Indian River Forest Service Road. Geotechnical work and other geophysical investigations will take place at various other locations along the forest service road and existing FortisBC right of way, including Ray Creek and Hixon Creek.

Environmental monitors will be onsite to make sure the work meets environmental requirements, and all work spaces will be carefully cleaned up once we have finished. Partial access restrictions may be required along these forest service roads for this work to be completed safely. We anticipate finishing by early November.

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Recording of August 13th virtual information session

Last week we hosted two virtual information sessions as part of our community engagement on the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project. These sessions provided an update on the project and our preferred pipeline route through the Loggers Lane East neighbourhood.

During these sessions, the community asked many questions on a wide range of topics related to the project, and the work that we do as a company. We’re committed to providing answers and responses, and will post these on our website once these have been compiled.

For anyone who was unable to participate in either session, we have posted a recording of the August 13th presentation and Q&A.

 

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Virtual information sessions

We’re hosting two virtual information sessions as part of our community engagement on the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project. These sessions will provide an update on the project and our preferred pipeline route through the Loggers Lane East neighbourhood. There will also be opportunities for the community to get their questions answered and provide feedback on the project.

Please join us:

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation is also accessible here

Thursday, August 13, 2020

There will be a short presentation about the project followed by a question and answer period.

Can’t join us for an information session? 

  • Ask us a question or provide your feedback by phone or email. 
  • Call us at 1-855-380-5784
  • Email us at egp@fortisbc.com
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Upcoming proposed changes to require amendments to Environmental Assessment Certificate

As part of our work to refine planning, today FortisBC is introducing proposed changes to the project. These changes are based on ongoing engineering design and address anticipated impacts to the community during construction and operations. They also incorporate feedback we received from Indigenous and local communities. The proposed changes include:

  • A new location for the Squamish compressor station, previously proposed for Mount Mulligan, at the Woodfibre LNG site;
  • Rerouting an eight-kilometre section of the pipeline extension in Stawamus Valley to minimize impacts and reflect input from Squamish Nation;
  • Increasing the size of the two new electric powered compressor units at the existing Eagle Mountain compressor station in Coquitlam, and reconfiguring the station to accommodate this expansion within the existing footprint;
  • Constructing an additional three-kilometre section of pipeline adjacent to the existing pipeline, near the Eagle Mountain compressor station, to increase reliability of natural gas supply to Woodfibre LNG.

These changes will require amendments to the Environmental Assessment Certificate received in 2016, as well as approval from Squamish Nation.

You can learn more about these changes and provide feedback at upcoming information sessions in 2020. Details for these sessions will be confirmed in the weeks ahead.

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Upcoming geotechnical work in Coquitlam

Beginning in early November, FortisBC will start carrying out geotechnical investigations for the project’s facilities. This involves drilling narrow, vertical holes to learn more about the underground layers of soil and rock.

This early investigative work will be carried out in Coquitlam, at the site of our new FortisBC high voltage substation. The site of this new facility is adjacent to the existing BC Hydro Meridian Substation, and will eventually provide additional power to our existing Eagle Mountain compressor station.

We will ensure that the work meets environmental requirements, and we anticipate it will take approximately one week to complete. Geotechnical investigations will also take place in mid-November at the Eagle Mountain compressor station property and will take approximately three weeks to complete.

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Upcoming geotechnical work within District of Squamish

In early November, we will be carrying out additional geotechnical investigations to fine-tune our plans. This includes work within the District of Squamish, including two locations along Industrial Way and Finch Drive. This work involves drilling narrow, vertical holes so we can learn more underground conditions.

As part of this work, temporary partial lane closures will be required on Industrial and Finch, near the Highway 99 intersection, to ensure the safety of the public and our contractors. Beginning at the start of next week, work will take approximately two days at each location and we anticipate finishing in early November.

One of our contractors will also conduct a field survey at locations along Finch Drive in early November. This will assist in our project planning and detailed engineering, and this work should be finished by mid-November.

Squamish lane closure map

Upcoming community engagement

As part of our engagement on the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project, we’ll be meeting this fall with community leaders and associations to understand their perspectives. Our initial focus will be on potential impacts related to workforce accommodation and construction. We will be engaging the broader community at public information sessions in early 2020

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Geotechnical work begins on forest service roads in Indian River Valley

As our project planning continues, we are now starting to carry out geotechnical work along forest service roads in the Indian River Valley.

Geotechnical investigations involve drilling narrow, vertical holes so we can learn more about the soil and rock. Beginning this week, work will take place at various locations between the start of the Indian River forest service road and approximately three kilometres north of the Indian River – Hixon Creek forest service roads junction.

Environmental monitors will be onsite to make sure the work meets environmental requirements, and all work spaces will be carefully cleaned up once we have finished. Access may be restricted along these forest service roads, and work is anticipated to be finished by mid-October.

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Upcoming geotechnical work on forest service roads in Indian River Valley

As we continue our project planning, we will be carrying out geotechnical work along forest service roads in the Indian River Valley during the summer months.

Geotechnical investigations involve drilling narrow, vertical holes so we can learn more about the soil and rock. Beginning in mid-July, work will take place between the start of the Indian River forest service road and approximately three kilometres north of the Indian River – Hixon Creek forest service roads junction.

Environmental monitors will be onsite to make sure the work meets environmental requirements, and all work spaces will be carefully cleaned up once we have finished. Access may be restricted along these forest service roads, and work is anticipated to be finished by mid-September.

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Upcoming geotechnical work on private properties

We’re continuing to fine-tune our engineering and design for the project, and beginning this week we will be carrying out geotechnical investigations. This involves drilling narrow, vertical holes to learn more about the underground layers of soil and rock.

This early investigative work will be carried out on private land at the BC Rail property and the Woodfibre LNG site. The information we gather will help us plan the pipeline tunnel underneath the Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area.

We will ensure that the work meets environmental requirements, and we anticipate it will take approximately three weeks to complete.

We are planning for additional geotechnical work that will take place at locations along the pipeline route in 2019, and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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Squamish Nation approves economic benefit agreement

The Squamish Nation’s decision to approve the economic agreement is a significant and positive milestone for FortisBC’s Eagle Mountain to Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project. This approval has been issued as part of the Squamish Nation’s environmental approval process and FortisBC is proud to be a part of this negotiation, which is the first of its kind in Canada.

As part of its agreement with Squamish Nation, FortisBC is committed to delivering comprehensive economic benefits, including employment and training opportunities. In addition, we will be undertaking studies around improvements to energy efficiency and infrastructure location.

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Join us for free mini golf and BBQ lunch

We’re proud to be part of the Squamish community and we want to meet our neighbours. Join us for a free game of mini golf, a BBQ lunch, fun prizes and giveaways.

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: WhistlePunk Hollow Adventure Golf
1940 Centennial Way, Squamish

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Squamish Community Office – Update

While our current phase of planning work is ongoing, we have reduced our presence and community office hours at our location on Cleveland Avenue. We value the feedback we receive from local stakeholders and residents, and we will be available by scheduling an appointment in advance. Contact us at talkingenergy@fortisbc.com.

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Squamish Community office reopens

FortisBC and Woodfibre LNG celebrated the reopening of our Squamish Community Office on June 14. The event celebrated the continued support we have received from the local community, and will be open from Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Squamish Community office reopens
(L to R) Art Kanzaki, FortisBC’s Project Director, Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline; Cynthia Des Brisay, FortisBC’s Vice President of Midstream Services & Resource Development and Elliot Moses, FortisBC ‘s Community & Indigenous Relations Manager attended the reopening of the Squamish Community Office.

 

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FortisBC explains why trees were removed for safety during geotechnical investigations

Viviana, our community relations manager, addresses some of the geotechnical work that took place during the fall of 2016, about halfway between the Woodfibre LNG site and the Squamish Estuary. She summarizes the steps we took in advance of the clearing work that took place, as well as the steps we took to mitigate our impact to that area.

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FortisBC completes geotechnical work on the Squamish dike

Spit Road re-opens to pedestrian and vehicle traffic now that FortisBC crews have completed geotechnical investigations along the Squamish dike.

The subsurface data collected over the past several weeks will help us properly manage tunnel construction underneath the Skwelwilem Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management area for the Eagle Mountain to Woodfibre Pipeline Project. Work was suspended when crews encountered a pocket of naturally occurring gases, and notified safety and regulatory authorities.

We appreciate the public's patience.

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Woodfibre LNG authorized to continue with proposed LNG export facility

Woodfibre LNG Limited announce that they have secured approval to move forward with their LNG export facility, to be located near Squamish, BC.

This is a positive step for FortisBC's Eagle Mountain to Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project. We will continue to work on design and permitting of the pipeline to serve Woodfibre's facility.

FortisBC's proposed Eagle Mountain to Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project is a 47-kilometre expansion to our existing Vancouver Island natural gas transmission system to deliver gas to the Woodfibre LNG facility in Squamish. Earlier this year the Eagle Mountain Gas Pipeline project received environmental approval from the Squamish First Nation and an Environmental Assessment Certificate from the provincial government.

We will continue our discussions with Indigenous groups, stakeholders, and the public as the project moves forward.

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Our response to incident at Squamish Community Office

The safety of our employees and the public, and the security of our assets is FortisBC's number one priority.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, November 3rd, a small fire was intentionally set at our Community Office in Squamish. Thankfully, there were no injuries as a result of this incident. We are supporting Squamish Fire Rescue and Squamish RCMP as they continue their investigation.

Our Community Office has been a place of peaceful and constructive dialogue for more than two years. We know that this incident is not representative of the community of Squamish.

We are grateful to Squamish Fire Rescue and Squamish RCMP or their quick response to this incident.

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Provincial government issues Environmental Assessment Certificate

The provincial government grants the Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project with environmental assessment approval. Read the official release.

Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council voted to approve an Environmental Assessment Agreement

Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council vote to approve an Environmental Assessment Agreement for the proposed Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project and issue an Environmental Certificate to FortisBC. Read the news release.

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Open house in Squamish

FortisBC representatives host an open house in Squamish to support the Environmental Assessment Office public comment period.

Public comment period on FortisBC addenda on final report to Environmental Assessment Office

A public comment period for our addenda on our final report takes place from September 24 to October 15, 2015. Comments helped the BC Environmental Assessment Office ensure that all environmental, economic, social, heritage and health concerns related to our proposed addenda have been part of the assessment process.

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Squamish Nation Council outlines a series of environmental conditions

Squamish Nation Council outlines a series of environmental conditions as a result of its review, and we revise our plans to address their conditions.

District of Squamish open house

View the materials from the open house hosted by the District of Squamish.

Open house in Coquitlam

FortisBC representatives host an open house in Coquitlam to support the Environmental Assessment Office public comment period.

Open house in Squamish

FortisBC representatives host an open house in Squamish to support the Environmental Assessment Office public comment period.

Open house in Gibsons

FortisBC representatives host an open house in Gibsons to discuss the project and answer questions.

Open house in Coquitlam

FortisBC representatives host an initial open house in Coquitlam to discuss the project and answer questions.

Open house in Squamish

FortisBC representatives host an initial open house in Squamish to discuss the project and answer questions.

Indigenous engagement

Indigenous feedback helps to improve our Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project

We value working directly with local First Nations to listen to their concerns and understand their perspective. We’re engaging with the following First Nations to discuss the expansion project details and listen to their questions and concerns:

Community engagement

One of our top priorities is to engage local communities so that they understand the work we’re doing

Keeping the community informed

We value the importance of keeping the community informed about the project. One of the ways we do this is by meeting with community groups and stakeholders to provide project updates. A recent example of this is our presentation to the Rotary Club of Squamish in June 2021. You can view our presentation from this update here.

Tri-Cities Chamber and SHARE Society food drive

FortisBC employees stand in front of the SHARE food bank

We joined and supported the Tri-Cities Chamber for their 2021 Christmas Luncheon, which featured a food drive for the SHARE Family & Community Services Society. In total, the drive collected over 600 pounds of food for families in need. We were thrilled to partner with the Chamber on this initiative, and will continue looking for similar opportunities to give back to the communities where we live and work.

Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival

Our team joined the Squamish community at the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival, which was back in action in September 2021. We were able to connect with hundreds of attendees and enjoyed sharing information and answering questions about FortisBC and the EGP project. Congratulations to all the competitors, and we can’t wait to see the community at this event in future years.

A conversation with Bryan Couture

The Squamish Day Loggers Sports Festival celebrates the connection between Squamish and local industry. We spoke with Bryan Couture in 2016, then-president of the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Association, about the importance of the event to the community and how industry growth can benefit Squamish.

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FortisBC joins the fun at Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival 2021

Questions from the community during 2020

Computer with Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre LNG Pipeline project Q&A on screen

We know you have questions, and our team is here to provide answers. In 2020, we held several virtual information sessions in Squamish and Coquitlam to ensure interactive opportunities for the public to ask questions and learn more about the project.

Our team compiled 30 questions from our August update to the Squamish community which can be accessed here. We also compiled over 50 questions from all six sessions which can be accessed here.

We’ll continue to keep the public informed as the project progresses.

FortisBC hosts another fun family event in Squamish community

In June 2018, we sponsored a free mini-golf and barbecue event at the WhistlePunk Hollow Adventure RV Park for the community of Squamish. More than 100 people visited our booth and learned more about our natural gas services and our project in the area.

Squamish community event

Community grants support local initiatives

Elliot presents cheque to Garibaldi Highlands Elementary

At FortisBC, we serve more than 135 communities across the province. Giving back to the communities where our over 2,400 employees live and work is an important part of our efforts to create a sustainable future for British Columbians.

We’ve been a part of the Squamish community for over 30 years. And we take our role as a good corporate citizen very seriously. The local recipients of our community investment grants include a wide-range of organizations that are working hard to make Squamish and the Sea-to-Sky region a better place to live.

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