Reaching Out: Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project takes advantage of a new website, featuring video content, that allows the project team to clearly communicate with communities.
TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project team hosted public information sessions in the fall in communities across northern British Columbia near the conceptual route for the proposed 650-kilometre natural gas pipeline. The sessions provided an opportunity for people nearest the route to learn more about the project and ask questions.
The tour was an important step in reaching out to British Columbians about the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project, but it is only one step along the path of the team’s plan to build relationships with First Nations, local governments, landowners and interested stakeholder groups and individuals.
“The feedback we have received from communities has been generally positive and has provided very valuable information that will be incorporated into our planning process,” says Rick Gateman, president of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project. “We have heard from a wide range of landowners, community leaders and citizens who are interested in key issues including the economic benefits of the project, pipeline safety, and details about the conceptual route.”
The Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project was launched earlier this year after TransCanada was selected by Shell Canada and its partners to build a pipeline from the Dawson Creek area to Kitimat to transport natural gas to the LNG Canada export terminal planned for the West Coast of B.C.
The project recently launched another tool to provide information and gather input for the project: CoastalGasLink.com. The project website covers the topics that northern B.C. residents have marked as priorities, including the project route and schedule, employment and contracting opportunities, community engagement, environment, safety, Aboriginal relations and more.
The website includes an option for people to ask questions. Individuals will receive a response from Coastal GasLink staff; commonly-asked questions will be posted on the website, with a response. There is also a form for potential vendors to provide their company’s information to Coastal GasLink so we can keep them informed when relevant opportunities become available.
“The Coastal GasLink website is a resource for people who want to become more informed about our project,” Gateman says. “We’re pleased to be providing multimedia content like pictures and videos that can be shared through e-mail and social media. We understand that Canadians are some of the most connected people in the world, and it’s important for us to open a dialogue with stakeholders and Aboriginal groups using channels of communication they’re already using.”
The following video provides basic information for B.C. residents to understand the Coastal GasLink Pipeline.