PRGT has applied for 11 OGC pipeline and facilities permits for the project.
“Receiving these first two permits is very good news and represents another key milestone for our project,” writes Dean Patry, president, PRGT. “Combined with our recently announced project agreements with certain First Nations communities that highlighted the economic benefits they would receive, the issuance of these permits demonstrates that TransCanada is listening and remains committed to participating in the development of the province’s liquefied natural gas export industry in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”
Along with the Environmental Assessment Certificate, issued to PRGT by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office in November 2014, these permits provide the project with the authority to proceed with construction of the pipeline and related facilities.
However construction work, which includes right-of-way clearing, will not begin on these two sections before conditions of the permits are met and a final investment decision has been made by Pacific NorthWest LNG.
The permits for these two sections include approximately 70 conditions, which will govern implementation of the project, related to notification and reporting; heritage conservation; First Nations; land clearing; wildlife; terrain stability; stream crossings and engineering,