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Map shows multiple proposed oil, gas pipelines in BC’s carbon corridor

Posted November 13, 2013 by Damien Gillis in Energy and Resources
New map shows multiple proposed oil, gas pipelines for BC

A new map (scroll down to view) reveals the full scope of oil and gas pipelines proposed to criss-cross BC. Compiled by Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition and Skeena Wild, the graphic depicts the planned routes for a staggering six new pipelines – five designed to carry natural gas to proposed liquefaction (LNG) plants in Kitimat and Prince Rupert, plus the twin bitumen and condensate Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Enbridge.

Plans for an additional six gas pipelines have yet to be formalized.

While Enbridge has faced fierce opposition, the various gas pipelines have sailed largely under the radar thus far. One has already received approval – Chevron and Apache’s Pacific Trails line to Kitimat – while the others are at varying stages of design and environmental review.

These pipelines have sparked a variety of concerns for local residents and conservationists – including impacts on an important grizzly sanctuary from the proposed line to supply Malaysian energy giant Petronas’ LNG terminal near Prince Rupert. The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project, which TransCanada Corp has been hired to build, is slated to run through the Khutzeymateen Inlet Conservancy. Preliminary work has already drawn multiple warnings from BC Parks over unpermitted helicopters and work crews in the area.

In other communities like Hazelton and the Kispiox Valley, residents are concerned about a flurry of invasive industrial activity by Spectra – looking to build its own pipeline to Prince Rupert – and TransCanada, long before permits have been obtained. “They are all over the place here,” resident and founder of the citizen information website, Graeme Pole told the Globe and Mail in September.

There are literally armadas of trucks going up these roads with ATVs in the back. And they are flying helicopters overhead, going to places we can’t reach.

The Northwest Institue’s Pat Moss echoed these concerns, exclaiming, “At this point, it’s a free for all…it’s a gold rush mentality.”

The companies have defended their practices, but it’s easy to see how concerns on the ground are mounting. Given the scope and potential impact of all these different pipelines across BC’s northern wilderness and related LNG plants, a key criticism of the review process has been the lack of any consideration of the cumulative impacts or big-picture planning and public engagement. More details on the individual pipelines and LNG plants below.


Fact sheet on proposed gas pipelines


Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project

  • Owner: Petronas/Progress
  • Destination: Prince Rupert
  • Estimated length: 900+ km
  • Builder: TransCanada
  • Size and volume: 48″ diameter / 2 – 3.6 billion cubic feet/day (bcf/d)


Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project

  • Owner: Spectra and BG Group (50/50)
  • Destination: Prince Rupert
  • Estimated length: 850 km
  • Builder: Spectra
  • Size and volume: 48″ diameter / 4.2 billion cubic feet/day


Coastal Gas Link

  • Owner: Shell (linked to Shell’s LNG Canada project with partners Mitsubishi, Korea Gas and PetroChina)
  • Destination: Kitimat
  • Estimated length: 650 km
  • Builder: TransCanada
  • Size and volume: 48″ diameter = 1.7 – 5 bcf/d


Pacific Trails Pipeline

  • Owner: Chevron, Apache Corp
  • Destination: Kitimat
  • Estimated length: 463 km
  • Size and volume: 42″ diameter /  1 bcf/d


PNG Pipeline Looping Project

  • Owner: Pacific Northern Gas
  • Destination: Twinning of existing pipeline between Kitimat and Summit Lake, BC
  • Estimated length: 525 km of new pipe
  • Size and volume: 24″ diameter



About the Author

Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.


    Damien Gillis

    UPDATE: Two routes changed to avoid bear sanctuaries:

    These projects are still fraught with myriad problems though – from fracking to air pollution and climate change…


    I can see that you’re citing sources on other articles, but I’m wondering why all the links above link back to this page. Thank you for citing your sources.


    Amazing how so many BCers are a bunch of environmentalist posers. Most of you dont know the first thing about environmental science, you just regurgitate what all the other ignorant people are spewing. Vancouver is a city of 2.5 million people built in the middle of the RAINFOREST! …And you guys are whinning about a few pipes running through Northern BC. Bunch of hypocrites.

    Liz Ciocea

    “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone ”
    I do not need to go to the wild places like the Khutzeymateen , the Great Bear, the Spatszizi or other beautiful wilderness areas.
    I just need to know they are there. These are homes to wild species and historically the First Nations.
    We are home invaders. Home invasion in our society is a criminal act. I do not see the difference. Keep up the good work and keep us informed about what is proposed for this beautiful province

    Barbara Cook

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, keep up the vigilant watch and also keep the info coming. A lot of us are concerned with the welfare of our earth (province) and believe we cannot have enough of this kind of information out there right in the faces of those who propose these pipelines. Thank you for your commitment.

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