A pipeline project that would extend to just north of Wonowon from the existing terminal in Taylor will have to receive a positive environmental assessment to go ahead.
Project Assessment Manager Ricardo Toledo signed off on paperwork on Monday, where he wrote that the project “may have a potential significant adverse environmental, economic, social, heritage or health effect,” and Pembina would need to take into account reducing and eliminating risks.
As far as environmental concerns go, Parent company Pembina assures that their pipeline would eliminate the need for over 100 trucks on the road per day – and that the pipeline would not interfere with Caribou, or any provincially-protected wildlife habitats.
The purpose of the Project is to serve as transportation for the Montney formation, where some argue growing development and a lack of liquid transportation has created a strong demand for a pipeline.
The proposed expansion consists of approximately 160 km of 323.9 mm diameter pipe, with a base capacity of up to 75 thousand barrels per day. The planned route from Taylor to Blair Creek bypasses Fort St. John north of the city.
In the project proposal, Pembina says it is expected to create numerous jobs – approximately ‘200 person-years of construction-related employment and approximately 150 person-years of operating employment,’ over the projects life span.
The estimated capital cost of the NEBC expansion is about $210 million.