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FortisBC responds to Vancouver City Council on rezoning proposals

Posted on November 16, 2016

On November 15, Vancouver City Council held a public hearing regarding three rezoning proposals in the 7600 block of Cambie Street and the 400 block of West Pender Street.

While FortisBC does not oppose the merits of rezoning these parcels as they are proposed by the developers or applicants, we believe the way this is being carried out is wrong.

 FortisBC is concerned that the City of Vancouver has included two clauses in the Engineering Services section of the rezoning proposals. One includes mandatory connection to a City of Vancouver-designated neighborhood energy system to be used for domestic heat and hot water. The second does not allow for gas fireplaces to be installed in suites.

FortisBC believes in residents’ ability to choose an energy source most suitable for their needs. The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) has reaffirmed that ability with their decision on Creative Energy’s Neighbourhood Energy Agreement. The decision was clear in that it would not grant a franchise for exclusive end-use of energy.

We believe that the rezoning policies proposed by the City of Vancouver circumvent the intention of the BCUC’s decision. Further, this approach takes away the ability for Vancouver residents and businesses to choose the energy solution that works best for them.

FortisBC, and our sister company Fortis Alternative Energy Services, both submitted letters to the City of Vancouver November 15, 2016, requesting that they proceed with the permitting approval, deleting the clauses that would require mandatory hook-up to a City of Vancouver-designated neighbourhood energy system. 

Read the letter.

FortisBC completes geotechnical work on the Squamish dike

Posted on November 14, 2016

Spit Road has re-opened to pedestrian and vehicle traffic now that FortisBC crews have competed geotechnical investigations along the Squamish dike.

The subsurface data collected over the past several weeks will help us properly manage tunnel construction underneath the Skwelwilem Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management area for the Eagle Mountain to Woodfibre Pipeline Project. Work was suspended when crews encountered a pocket of naturally occurring gases, and notified safety and regulatory authorities.

We appreciate the public's patience.

Woodfibre LNG authorized to continue with proposed LNG export facility

Posted on November 04, 2016


Positive step for FortisBC’s Eagle Mountain to Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project

Earlier today, Woodfibre LNG Limited announced that they have secured approval to move forward with their LNG export facility, to be located near Squamish, B.C.

This is a positive step for FortisBC’s Eagle Mountain to Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project. We will continue to work on design and permitting of the pipeline to serve Woodfibre’s facility.

FortisBC’s proposed Eagle Mountain to Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project is a 47-kilometre expansion to our existing Vancouver Island natural gas transmission system to deliver gas to the Woodfibre LNG facility in Squamish. Earlier this year, the Eagle Mountain Gas Pipeline project received environmental approval from the Squamish First Nation and an Environmental Assessment Certificate from the provincial government.

We will continue our discussions with Aboriginal groups, stakeholders, and the public as the project moves forward.

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Our response to incident at Squamish Community Office

Posted on November 03, 2016

The safety of our employees and the public, and the security of our assets is FortisBC’s number one priority.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, November 3rd, a small fire was intentionally set at our Community Office in Squamish. Thankfully, there were no injuries as a result of this incident. We are supporting Squamish Fire Rescue and Squamish RCMP as they continue their investigation.

Our Community Office has been a place of peaceful and constructive dialogue for more than two years. We know that this incident is not representative of the community of Squamish.

We are grateful to Squamish Fire Rescue and Squamish RCMP for their quick response to this incident.

LETTER: Powering FortisBC’s compressor station with natural gas a ‘responsible choice’

Posted on September 08, 2016

Our project manager Gary Abbott responds to questions from a Squamish resident about our proposed natural gas compressor station. The decision to power the facility with natural gas versus electricity is the responsible choice that balances community feedback while minimizing unnecessary environmental and visual impacts. Powering the facility with BC Hydro electricity would have involved building five kilometres of new, above ground electrical transmission lines. We heard loud and clear that people were absolutely opposed to new power lines in the area.

Letters: Protecting Squamish water

Posted on August 23, 2016

June 1, 2016

Squamish resident Star Morris posed a number of questions about the proposed location for our new natural gas compressor station in her May 19 letter to the editor, “Letter: Consider the future of water in Squamish” that we’d like to address.

We took many factors into account when selecting the Mount Mulligan site and believe it’s the best option to balance minimizing local impacts, community feedback, environmental interests and a number of other factors. It’s worth noting the location was chosen based on specific feedback from members of the community and Squamish Nation. It’s located 1.8 kilometres from the nearest residence in Squamish, at approximately 1,400 feet elevation and on the other side of a bluff.

We chose the site because it’s located on land that is actively used as a woodlot, which will minimize environmental impacts. The site also has existing forestry road access, which we will upgrade, so we can ensure access and maintain safe operations.

As Gary Buxton noted in the District of Squamish’s response letter (May 26), the Mount Mulligan site is located within the Stawamus River watershed, where the district has one of its emergency backup surface water supplies.

We share Ms. Morris’s passion for protecting Squamish’s groundwater supplies; our best management practices and mitigation measures will ensure the Stawamus River watershed is protected during normal operations of our natural gas pipeline and compressor station, and if there is ever an emergency.

Our existing natural gas pipeline that provides service to more than 108,000 customers in Squamish, Whistler, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island is routed through the Coquitlam watershed. It has safely operated without a single issue or incident for more than 25 years because of our strong commitment to safe operations, environmental stewardship and emergency preparedness.

As part of the design process, we’re evaluating two possible fire suppression systems for the Mount Mulligan compressor station. The first is a nitrogen/water system. The other uses a closed loop foam suppression system meaning that, if deployed, the foam is captured and disposed of safely and will not be released to the environment.

We respect that some residents still have concerns and questions about our project and in particular the Mount Mulligan compressor station. We’ll respond to all questions.

Elliot Moses
FortisBC Community Relations Manager

Province approves Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project

Posted on August 09, 2016

On August 9, 2016, the BC government approved our proposed Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (EGP) Project. In the reasons for their decision, Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman noted they were confident the EGP project will be constructed and operated such that no significant adverse effects are likely to occur.

Our focus now will be to incorporate the conditions outlined in the Environmental Assessment Certificate. We will also continue engaging with Aboriginal groups, local stakeholders and the community as we move forward with the next phase of planning and permitting.

Fortis statement on LNG supply agreement with Hawaiian Electric Companies

Posted on July 20, 2016

Surrey, BC – On July 19, 2016, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) withdrew their application to the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission for approval of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement with Fortis Hawaii Energy Inc., following the dissolution of a proposed merger between Hawaiian Electric and NextEra Energy earlier in the week.
 
Fortis’ Tilbury LNG facility is uniquely positioned to meet customer demand for clean-burning natural gas; the company is in discussions with a number of other potential export customers. The facility is currently undergoing a $400-million expansion to serve the domestic transportation and remote communities markets, which is expected to be commissioned by early next year. The site is scalable and can accommodate additional storage and liquefaction equipment. It is also located along the Fraser River and relatively close to international shipping lanes.


Opinion: Hawaii deal offers first chance to crow about exporting LNG

Posted on June 02, 2016

If you watched the news last week you may have seen where FortisBC announced a major deal to create and export LNG (liquid natural gas) from Delta to Hawaii.

This deal has been in the works for some time and represents the first export of B.C. LNG that the provincial government can proclaim.
Is it a big deal? Yes. Is it a good deal? Yes.
Natural gas will flow down from Northeast B.C. along the current pipelines and then be compressed in an expanded facility at Tilbury.

Opinion: LNG deals good for jobs, economy, climate

Posted on May 30, 2016

Recent news that two agreements have been reached for the production and sale of made-in-British Columbia Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) adds to the momentum of positive job and economic growth in the province. These export agreements also underscore the role that B.C. and our locally-based companies are playing in providing cleaner burning fuels to growing markets abroad as jurisdictions in Asia and elsewhere transition over time to lower-carbon energy sources.


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It's All About Energy: panel and discussion

Date: November 18, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

No matter the source, businesses need energy to run; electrical, gas, oil, diesel, wind power, solar panels and bio-fuels. We also need more workers in all of these fields.

What are the costs and benefits for the most likely energy sources, what changes will occur over time and what knowledge will be required to keep our economy humming?

Hosted by Surrey Board of Trade

Guildford Golf & Country Club
7929 152 Street, Surrey

Sustainable Energy Series - Beyond the Headlines in the Climate Conversation: Energy Solutions and Innovation Panel

Date: April 1, 2016, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

The 3rd annual Sustainable Energy Series at Douglas College, sponsored by FortisBC, will engage students on the topic of energy through a series of events throughout the day including a student poster showcase, a student-led dialogue, and a question and answer period with a panel of industry experts.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. To register, visit: surveys.douglascollege.ca/s/sustainable-energy-event-register/

Rotary Club of Tsawwassen - Energy at work for Delta

Date: March 17, 2016

On March 17, Dave Bennett was invited to speak to the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen. His presentation, Energy at work for Delta: How LNG and other projects benefit your community was warmly received and generated questions about how private citizens (as opposed to fleets or municipalities) would go about converting vehicles to natural gas and construction of the expansion project.

It was held at the Beach Grove Golf Club (5946 12 Avenue, Tsawwassen).