Coastal GasLink Acknowledges Non-Compliance South of Houston

Coastal GasLink says it's assessing its next steps, after a provincial inspection determined it was in non-compliance with some conditions of the Environmental Assessment Certificate issued for its pre-construction work south of Houston. 

The Environmental Assessment Office notified the company Tuesday that site inspections carried out in late January found violations of three certificate conditions.

The Office has ordered the company to potentially cease some activities southwest of Houston where it failed to notify registered trapline holders of its plans well in advance, so those trappers could adjust their activities accordingly.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Coastal GasLink acknowledges it has violated some conditions of its permit.

Company President David Pfeiffer said in a statement that Coastal GasLink is working with the EAO to address the issues.

CGL also says it has stopped tree clearing in an area near Kitimat after discovering that logging was being done earlier than permitted in winter range used by moose. 

Pfeiffer says the incident was self-reported to the Oil and Gas Commission as soon as it was discovered.

The company says more than 200 people continue with preliminary construction activities at various locations along the 670-kilometre pipeline route in northern BC and are not impacted by the EAO's orders.

Coastal GasLink halted some work earlier this month south of Houston while claims of the discovery of indigenous artifacts on the site are investigated.