Coastal GasLink fined for environmental infractions

GGL fined $170,000 for improper erosion controls

The Coastal GasLink pipeline is more than 60% complete, with two of eight sectors 100% complete. | CGL

Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. has been fined by the B.C. Ministry of Environment for infractions of its environmental certificate.

The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) says it has issued a fine of $170,100 to Coastal GasLink for  non-compliance of its certificate in relation to improper erosion and sediment control.

It is the second such fine issued to CGL during the construction of the 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline, which will provide natural gas to the LNG Canada plant in Kitimat.

"CGL's 2014 environmental assessment certificate requires implementation of an environmental management plan, including measures to protect sensitive wetlands and waterways from sediment caused by erosion that can negatively impact water quality and fish habitat," the EAO said in a news release.

"More than 40 inspections have been carried out along the CGL pipeline construction route since the project began in 2019, with 37 warnings, 16 orders and two administrative penalties issued."

The first fine of $72,500 was issued in February.

"Several inspections between October 2021 and April 2022 in various locations along the construction right-of-way found ongoing non-compliance related to erosion and sediment control," the EAO says. "The financial penalties mark an escalation of enforcement action to address the issues."