Divona Herzog is in charge of External Communications for TransCanada. She says the project is pending approval, but if given the go ahead, things should be up and running by the end of 2018.
“If the project is approved, construction should start at the very beginning of 2015,” she says. “It will be a four year construction plan. The first year will be clearing and things like that then three years of construction. They say the end of 2018.”
Herzog adds the organization has started to make some changes based on some of the thoughts expressed at previous open houses.
“Based on the feedback that we’ve received so far, we’ve actually started to make some adjustments to what we think the pipeline route will be, and so we’re exploring a bunch of alternatives based on some of the feedback we’ve gotten.” she says.
Herzog says those suggestions vary based on the area, but she points to citizens in the west expressing concerns over salmon habitat, and that TransCanada has made alterations to the potential pipeline based on those thoughts.
“In some areas towards the west, they’re really concerned about salmon habitat, and so we’re looking at what we call marine alternatives there,” Herzog explains. “Instead of going into a specific migratory area for the salmon, were looking at alternate areas.”
The potential pipeline would transport two billion cubic feet of natural gas a day, with the ability to expand to 3.6 billion if needed. It’s estimated the project would generate $22 million per year in property taxes.