There are a number of proposed pipelines in northeast B.C., but according to Houston, B.C. Mayor Shane Brienen, TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink team is setting the standard for engagement when it comes to ensuring residents in the town are informed and able to offer feedback about the project.
“Coastal GasLink is doing it right. You have been engaging with us since the beginning and have been open and transparent and always answer questions honestly”, said Mayor Brienen.
The Coastal GasLink project team has recently embarked on another northern B.C. tour to continue to gather stakeholder input and share new information with communities along the pipeline route.
Local residents came out to share their thoughts about the project, but also were interested to learn more about what the project meant for them in terms of benefits, job opportunities, contracting opportunities, safety, security, project timelines and construction planning and routing.
“These information sessions are so valuable to us. They give us the chance to share information, sit down and talk with people, and hear what’s on their minds,” said Greg Cano, Coastal GasLink’s project planning and execution director. “We want to continue the dialogue, we want to hear feedback.”
Information sessions were recently held in Houston, Smithers, Kitimat and Terrace, with upcoming sessions in Burns Lake, Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof, Chetwynd and Dawson Creek.
These information sessions follow the recent success of the LNG Conversation road show held in the Fall of 2014.