Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Local News

The Spectre of a Pipeline 

Dig project to begin late this year or early 2014

Staff/Voice photos

 

Gary Weilinger speaks at City Hall Tuesday. Below, in an attempt to generate news, a local print reporter befriends and jokes with defiant farmers who came looking for a photo op. Reports are the farmers will block crews from their property.

 

pectra Energy Corp. paid another visit to Chilliwack City Hall Tuesday to provide council with the latest information regarding plans to upgrade their 50-year-old liquid natural gas pipeline.

 

In order to minimize the impact on the community, the company’s plan is to break the pipeline replacement project into smaller bite-size pieces; agricultural, commercial and residential phases.

 

In his presentation, Gary Weilinger Spectra VP External Affairs said that the project will be under way sometime later this year or early spring.

 

Because the LNG line runs under farmland, the company has set project timelines for the agricultural phase after harvests so as not to cause a "crop conflict". For example, portions run through cornfields which won't be harvested until mid-to-late September.

 

The dig will begin in the late fall or early in 2014.

 

The Farmland phase will replace 2.4 km of pipe starting about 1 km west of Prest Rd. and traveling east then ending at Cache 21 Mini Storage in the 45000 block of Luckakuck Way.

 

Weilinger told council the company pays 145M a year in taxes making it BC's single largest taxpayer.

 

 

Crews will be surveying the right-of-way and work areas to mark the pipeline and adjacent areas and in the actual dig, 260 meters of pipe will be decommissioned and filled with concrete.

 

Company representatives will contact people living along the line every three years to update their information and answer any questions homeowners have.

 

The public gallery was almost empty except for a couple of defiant farmers planted in the back row, and when Spectra’s portion of the meeting was over, they left hurriedly with media in tow clambering for photo ops.

 

BC One Call “Call Before You Dig” 1-800-474-6886

 

 

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