January 21, 2015
Fortis BC’s Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project has now officially entered the 180 day review period. Fortis submitted its formal application to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office and the public now has 60 days to comment on this application. This period runs from January 26th through March 27th, 2015. This is the only opportunity to provide feedback on the documents submitted to the proponent and the government assessing the project. Link directly to public comment form click here.
This process is the same as the Woodfibre LNG Project. Both projects need to be approved in order to proceed. Fortis BC does need to complete test drilling along its proposed route in order to meet the requirements for the BC Oil and Gas Commission. On January 20th, the District of Squamish Council did not approve Fortis’ application to test drill in the Squamish Estuary. This may cause some delays for Fortis, who have opened an office downtown Squamish with Woodfibre LNG.
On March 10th, Fortis BC filed a legal petition with the BC Supreme Court over the District of Squamish’s denial of a development permit to allow the company to do a route investigation for the company’s proposed pipeline expansion. Dr. Eoin Finn was asked to comment on what this means by Global TV March 18th.
As part of the 60 day public comment period, Fortis was required to host an open house information session for the public. The two open houses were held in Squamish on Wednesday Feb. 11, 2015 and in Coquitlam Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.