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Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project

Delivering safe and reliable energy to our customers is a top priority for FortisBC. For this reason, for the last decade, we’ve worked with local Indigenous communities, stakeholders, government and residents to responsibly expand our existing natural gas system in Squamish and Coquitlam to supply natural gas to our customer, Woodfibre LNG.

Project overview

Through this project, we’ll install 50 kilometres of new natural gas pipeline between Squamish and Coquitlam, as well as supporting compressor station infrastructure. To minimize environmental footprint, most of this new line will run alongside our existing natural gas line. 

Nine kilometres of new gas pipeline will be housed within a tunnel that runs beneath the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary.

We started early construction in the Squamish area in August 2023 and in Coquitlam in early 2024. For the latest construction updates, visit our updates tab.

The route

Route map for the EGP project - March 2023

Third-party reporting line

The Respectful Community Conduct Line is a third-party reporting line for any member of the public to call or email about alleged conduct by an EGP Project worker occurring within the Indian River Watershed area and a 10-kilometre area around the District of Squamish in violation of the After Hours and Respect for Community section of the EGP Project Worker Code of Conduct, including harassment or violence.

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Construction in Squamish and Coquitlam

We believe in working with local communities as we build this project and have taken steps in both Squamish and Coquitlam to do reduce impacts from our work. 

The following maps provide an overview of active construction. 

Squamish

In Squamish, construction activities to be aware of at this time include ongoing road maintenance and trucks travelling along the Mamquam and Stawamus Indian River Forest Service Roads. For safety, there is also a full closure of Ray Basin Road unless otherwise posted, as well as on the Stawamus Indian River Forest Service Road beginning at approximately kilometre point 9.

 

Coquitlam

In Coquitlam, we’ve installed fencing along roughly 1.5 kilometres of our right of way adjacent to nearby trails in Coquitlam’s Eagle Mountain area. Recreational users should be aware of parking and intermittent trail closures with posted signage in the Eagle Mountain area, along with increased noise levels as we prepare our Eagle Mountain Compressor Station for upgrades.

Coquitlam recreational trail impacts map
Trails will remain open most Sundays and long weekends, with the exception of the Sunday prior to a long weekend. This schedule is subject to change.

Rigorous environmental reviews and research

Our regulators Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and the Province of British Columbia approved this project in 2016. Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw completed their own independent environmental assessment on the project – the first of its kind in Canada.

The 673-hectare Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area plays an important ecological role and serves as habitat for wildlife. Our existing system has safely operated underneath the Wildlife Management Area since 1991.

As part of this project, we consulted with Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and landed on an underground tunnel solution that avoids surface impacts to the estuary. This underground tunnel will run around 25 metres below the estuary and through Monmouth Ridge Mountain to the Woodfibre LNG site.

Tunnel boring infographic

Temporary workforce lodge 

When we first began this project in 2013, we had originally planned for a hybrid accommodation model, leveraging local hotels and rental units, and a smaller workforce lodge. We heard from local governments, Indigenous communities and residents that they were concerned about the pressure on local housing, strain on community services and impacts on traffic. Following that consultation, we learned that the preference was to house all workers at a single site.

A footprint increase for our Temporary Workforce Lodge, from two to seven hectares, was approved by the Environmental Assessment Office and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw in fall 2023. It will house an average of 300 workers at a time, and peak to about 600 workers during the summer of 2025. The final step prior to lodge construction will be to secure a Temporary Use Permit from the District of Squamish.

As a condition of EAO approval, all non-local workers in Squamish must stay at the lodge, except under certain conditions. FortisBC has taken early steps towards establishing a Gender and Cultural Safety Plan, another condition of approval, which will be developed in consultation with Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, the District of Squamish and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation.

Some additional initiatives FortisBC has identified and will establish to support the safety of vulnerable peoples, workers and the broader community include:

  • A Worker Code of Conduct
  • Mandatory cultural awareness orientation, including on topics regarding harassment and bullying
  • Prohibiting the possession, consumption, or distribution of intoxicants of any kind by a worker on, or when travelling to or from, an EGP Project site
  • 24-hour security and no unauthorized visitors
  • Regular communication with Indigenous nations, stakeholders and the public to collect feedback and address concerns
  • Ensuring a focus on mental health, both through health and wellness programming, and social and recreational offerings at the lodge
  • A Squamish Nation Elder in Residence at the lodge
  • A 24/7 reporting line for residents to bring forward concerns of worker behaviour in the community. A separate confidential line will be provided for residents of the lodge to bring forward concerns of bullying or harassment.

Compressor stations

Compressor stations perform the essential tasks of compressing the natural gas and regulating its pressure so it can flow through the system to our customers’ homes and businesses. We're installing a new compressor station at the Woodfibre LNG site and upgrading the existing compressor station in Coquitlam.

Squamish compressor station map
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The new Squamish Compressor Station will help keep the gas moving through our existing system as it makes its way to our customers on the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.

Following extensive consultation and community feedback, we sought approval to relocate the Squamish compressor station to the Woodfibre LNG site from the previously proposed Mount Mulligan location. With this new site, the compressor station will be more than seven kilometres away from the nearest residences. The Woodfibre LNG property is already an industrial site. Constructing the compressor station at this location will result in less disturbance to the surroundings than at a previously undisturbed site like Mount Mulligan. We also modified the design of the station to reduce the number of compressor units and overall horsepower.
 

Coquitlam compressor station map
Coquitlam compressor station map (click to expand)

We will install two new electric-powered compressor units at the existing Eagle Mountain compressor station in Coquitlam, reconfiguring the station to accommodate this expansion within the existing footprint. Manufacturers of these units have modified the products they offer since we received our Environmental Assessment Certificate in 2016, resulting in increased size and horsepower that eliminates the need for new excavation. This change minimizes the environmental and visual impacts of this work. 

In addition to the compressor station expansion, and to support the new compressor units, we’ll build a new electric substation in Eagle Mountain Park that will connect back to the compressor station through approximately 950 metres of new power lines.
 

Project timeline

Future dates are anticipated and subject to change.

2016

Project approvals

The Environmental Assessment Office and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) approve the project.

2023

Construction begins

Site preparation for Squamish components began in August 2023, and for Coquitlam components began in January 2024.

Spring 2024

Tunnel boring in Squamish begins

Spring 2024

Coquitlam pipeline construction begins

Summer 2024

Squamish pipeline construction in the Indian River Watershed begins

Fall 2024

Coquitlam Eagle Mountain Compressor Station expansion begins

Fall 2024

Squamish Compressor Station construction at Woodfibre LNG site begins

Fall 2024

Coquitlam electric substation and powerline construction begins

2027

Project completion

June 6, 2024

New and ongoing initiatives to reduce workforce impacts in Squamish

We’ve spent years engaging the Squamish community to explore opportunities to reduce potential workforce impacts in Squamish from the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (EGP) Project. Our ongoing engagement led us to propose a Temporary Workforce Lodge in 2022.

The Workforce Lodge was proposed as a key mitigation following three years of engagement with local government, Indigenous groups, agencies and information sessions held with the broader community. Through feedback, we’ve heard the lodge is the most effective way to address concerns about potential impacts related to housing, tourism, traffic and community safety. Our proposal for the lodge was approved in 2023 by Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO).

We continue to work through the Temporary Use Permit (TUP) process with the District of Squamish based on our application submitted in December 2022, with a focus on securing the District of Squamish’s approval in time to construct the lodge and have it ready to house our main workforce peak anticipated in 2025.

As we await the District of Squamish’s TUP decision on the lodge, we continue to proactively implement measures to reduce potential impacts associated with the presence of a temporary workforce in Squamish.

With a focus on community safety and services, some measures that have been implemented since construction began include:

  • the EGP Project Worker Code of Conduct, which sets the standard of conduct expected of everyone engaged in work on the project
  • a cultural awareness orientation, which has been developed in collaboration with Indigenous communities and is required by all EGP Project construction personnel
  • voluntarily paying the Municipal Regional and District Tax to local hotels for remittance to Tourism Squamish until operation of the lodge

To further support gender and cultural safety, new initiatives we’ve recently launched include:

  • in-person gender and cultural safety education for the project workforce, to expand information about unique patterns of vulnerability for Indigenous women and girls and the types of personal conduct that supports gender and cultural safety
  • providing a health and medical clinic for workers’ after-hours use, to enhance the resources to support worker well-being and reduce project-related use of local health services
  • implementing a third-party reporting line for community members to report concerns regarding the respectful conduct of EGP Project workers in the Squamish community

FortisBC's amended Environmental Assessment Certificate for the project requires us to have a Gender and Cultural Safety Plan in place before the lodge is operational. This will be developed in consultation with Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, the District of Squamish and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation.

May 30, 2024

Construction updates for Coquitlam and Squamish recreational area users

As we head into summer, we want to keep the public informed of construction activities for the Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project that may impact recreational users within the Coquitlam and Squamish areas. We’ve taken a number of steps to maintain public safety in and around our work areas.

Coquitlam

In Coquitlam, we posted signage and have spotters along key trails, roads and access points. We’ve also installed fencing along roughly 1.5 kilometres of our right of way adjacent to nearby trails in Coquitlam’s Eagle Mountain area. Recreational users should be aware of parking and intermittent trail closures in the Eagle Mountain area, along with increased noise levels as we prepare our Eagle Mountain Compressor Station for upgrades.

Squamish

In Squamish, the main activities to be aware of at this time are ongoing road maintenance and trucks travelling along the Mamquam and Stawamus Indian River Forest Service Roads. For safety, there is also a full closure of Ray Basin Road unless otherwise posted, due to high construction activity and traffic. Closures are also in place on the Stawamus Indian River Forest Service Road, beginning at approximately kilometre point 9.

To better support public understanding and help you make informed decisions when planning recreational activities, we developed maps for both communities.

We believe in working with local communities as we build this project and take steps in both Coquitlam and Squamish to reduce the impacts from our work. This includes communicating with local recreational user groups to help inform their planning, as well as opening impacted trails and roads when it’s safe to do so.

We appreciate your patience as we complete these construction activities safely, and as quickly as possible.

May 7, 2024

Stawamus Indian River Forest Service Road closures and gas pipeline component update

Early construction activities are progressing in preparation for the installation of the gas pipeline within the Indian River Watershed. The majority of work at this time is focused on upgrading and developing safe access for our crews. This includes upgrading roads, installing new culverts, and constructing temporary and permanent bridges. 

Some notable upcoming construction activities include: 

  • Constructing and installing a temporary bridge across the Indian River in the Indian River Watershed to support pipeline construction activities. Our public notice with details can be viewed here. We anticipate construction to begin in May 2024 and to conclude in the fall.
  • Moving ahead with a pipeline crossing of the Indian River in the Indian River Watershed. Our public notice from the Transport Canada process can be viewed here. We anticipate this work to take about two months, beginning later this summer. 

To prioritize safety while this work is underway, we’ve installed two gates along the Stawamus Indian River Forest Service Road (FSR) at kilometre point 3 and kilometre point 10 to prevent access when construction makes it unsafe to do so.

  • From May until mid-June, the work being carried out will be south of kilometre point 10. This gate will be closed to restrict access without having to close the northern gate at kilometre point 3. 
  • Starting mid-June, our work will continue north of kilometre point 10, at which time we’ll enact intermittent gate closures at kilometre point 3. 

Signage will be posted at the start of the Stawamus Indian River FSR and at the closure point advising the public of the closure hours. Please note that large trucks will continue using the Stawamus River Indian and Mamquam FSRs while travelling into Squamish and we encourage you to take the necessary precautions if using these roads. 

We’re committed to completing these activities in an environmentally responsible manner and have been closely engaging Indigenous groups on this work.

We thank you for your patience as we strive to complete this work safely and as quickly as possible.

May 1, 2024

Logging trucks in Squamish

As construction progresses, we have been clearing work space in the Stawamus Indian River Valley along our right of way. Our contractors have now begun transporting logs cleared through these activities, and we anticipate that this will continue over a roughly two-week period. Trucks will travel up the Stawamus Indian Forest Service Road (FSR) and along the Mamquam River FSR towards Highway 99 North for log sorting in Squamish.

We thank the public for their patience as we work to safely carry out these activities.

April 24, 2024

Tunnelling set to begin in Squamish

We’re using a tunnel solution for the portion of pipeline between Squamish and Woodfibre LNG’s site to protect and avoid surface impacts to the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary. This approach, which involves constructing a tunnel around 25 meters below the estuary, arose directly from Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) input when we began engaging on the EGP Project more than a decade ago.

After months of preparing the BC Rail and Woodfibre LNG sites, tunnelling is set to begin.

Beginning in early May, the public may notice additional trucks travelling to and from the BC Rail site

In particular:

  • We anticipate a gradual increase of up to 20 roundtrip trucks per day to transport excavated tunnel material as tunnelling gets underway. The excavated material is soft ground soil from tunnelling.
  • The trucks will primarily travel from the BC Rail site along Government Road, then south on Queens Way and east along Industrial Way to Highway 99. From there, the material will be transported to a licensed facility for disposal.
  • The trucks are expected to operate from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

While noise levels associated with tunnelling are not expected to impact the community, continuous noise monitoring is in place at both sites.

If you have any questions about this work, we encourage you to reach out to the FortisBC team at [email protected] or call 1-855-380-5784.

To learn more about the tunnel and our commitment to protecting environmentally sensitive areas on all our projects, read our story on Protecting Diverse Ecosystems at every Stage of a Project.

Squamish compressor station map

March 26, 2024

BC Energy Regulator issues discharge authorization for treated water

We’ve received a Waste Discharge Authorization (WDA) from the BC Energy Regulator (BCER) to discharge treated water generated from tunnel construction activities at the BC Rail and Woodfibre LNG sites in Squamish. This authorization replaces the temporary approvals previously issued by the BCER, and allows us to carry out these activities for the duration of tunnel construction. All water generated through construction activities will be treated, prior to discharge, in accordance with the Environmental Management Act and to meet B.C. water quality guidelines.

As part of the WDA, we are required to carry out sampling and monitoring activities, to ensure that the treated water meets the B.C. water quality guidelines. The findings from the sampling and monitoring program are published in weekly reports.

February 7, 2024

Stawamus Indian River Forest Service Road closures

FortisBC is enacting safety-related closures on the Stawamus Indian River Forest Service Road as construction on the project continues. These closures will allow crews to carry out continued work on improvements to the forest service road and construction of the gas pipeline. A gate will be installed approximately three kilometres from the road entrance to prevent users from accessing the area during times when construction makes it unsafe to do so. Intermittent closures will start in February 2024 with longer duration closures expected in 2025 and 2026. Signage will be posted at the start of the Stawamus Indian River Forest Service Road and at the closure point, advising the public of the closure hours. We appreciate your patience as we strive to complete this work safely and as quickly as possible.

January 30, 2024

Traffic impacts along Mamquam River Forest Service Road

We continue to upgrade our forest service roads in the Squamish area. Road upgrades and associated early works are progressing from kilometre 3.8 to the Ray Basin Road. Traffic impacts may include rolling single lane alternating traffic and periodic short closures until the end of February 2024. Ongoing road maintenance work will continue through 2024. We appreciate your patience as we work to complete these activities safely and as quickly as possible.  

January 29, 2024

Early construction activities ramp up in Coquitlam on Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project

Early construction activities on the Coquitlam portion of the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project are now underway. Starting in February, there will be an increase in these activities, which include surveying, locating buried facilities, access road upgrades and tree and vegetation clearing to help create the space and access needed for our materials and contractors to work.

As a result of this increased activity, the community will see more trucks on the road, and intermittent trail closures in the Eagle Mountain area.

Here’s what residents and Eagle Mountain trail users should know:

  • The presence of additional trucks on the road may cause minor traffic delays. We anticipate an increase in truck traffic along roads such as Eagle Mountain Drive, Panorama Drive, Pinetree Way, Johnson Street, David Avenue and Pipeline Road. We will have traffic control personnel in place, as required, to safely direct and monitor trucks with oversized loads. 
  • There will be intermittent trail closures in the Eagle Mountain Park area. Access to trails such as “Lungbusters” may be closed and advanced signage will be posted at trail parking locations and trailheads to keep the public informed.

The number of trucks on the road is expected to ease by early fall. Intermittent trail closures will continue through spring, summer and early fall. These closures will be minimized, and trails will be reopened as much as possible when the trails are safe for use.

We appreciate the community’s patience as we undertake this work and prepare our sites for construction. Upcoming construction will include:

  • approximately three kilometres of new gas pipeline northwest of Westwood Plateau
  • an expansion of our existing Eagle Mountain Compressor Station by installing two new electric-powered compressor units
  • a new electric substation in Eagle Mountain Park
  • about 950 metres of new powerlines to power and connect back to the new electric compressor units at our Eagle Mountain Compressor Station

We expect the main components of construction to begin by spring 2024 and to continue through to 2026. 

If you have any questions regarding the project, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 1-855-380-5784. You can also sign up for our email newsletter for the latest on construction activities.

Coquitlam compressor station map

January 10, 2024

Preparation activities for Coquitlam construction

We’re preparing for the start of construction in the Coquitlam area near Eagle Mountain.

In order to create the space and access needed for our contractors to begin construction, we’ve started some early preparation activities, including surveying. Other upcoming early preparation activities will include locating buried gas lines, preliminary tree and vegetation clearing, grading and access road upgrades.

Following the preparation activities, construction in Coquitlam will include three kilometres of new gas pipeline northwest of Westwood Plateau and installing two new electric-powered compressor units at our existing Eagle Mountain Compressor Station. To support the new compressor units, we’ll build a new substation in Eagle Mountain Park that will connect back to our compressor station through approximately 950 metres of new powerlines.

Construction will generally be from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Minor traffic delays may be required to accommodate large trucks and will be monitored by traffic control personnel. Access to trails may also be closed and advanced signage will be posted at trail parking locations and trailheads to keep the public informed. Trail closures will be minimized and trails will be reopened as quickly as possible when the location is safe for use.

We appreciate your patience as we work to complete these activities safely and as quickly as possible. If you have any questions regarding the project, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 1-855-380-5784. You can also sign up for our enewsletter for the latest on construction activities.

January 4, 2024

24-hour work at BC Rail and Woodfibre sites

We are currently undertaking site preparation works at both the BC Rail and Woodfibre LNG sites in Squamish to support two tunnel boring machines that will be used to construct the project’s tunnel component. We will begin assembling the tunnel boring machines for operation underground. During this time, crews are expected to start working 24-hours a day into 2026.

We do not expect noise levels from tunnelling to exceed noise levels to date.

This underground tunnel solution allows us to fulfill our commitment to Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) to avoid surface impacts to the estuary. The tunnel will extend from the Woodfibre LNG site to the BC Rail site, passing under Monmouth Mountain and 25 metres below the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary waterbed.
 

December 13, 2023

Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Úxwumixw and EAO approve increased Workforce Lodge area

The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) have approved FortisBC Energy Inc.’s (FortisBC) application to increase our workforce lodge footprint for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (EGP) Project. This five-hectare increase enables us to house non-local workers in the Squamish-area at the lodge site, which directly responds to community feedback on reducing pressure on local housing, services, and traffic.

In fact, as a condition of EAO approval, all non-local workers in Squamish must stay at the lodge, except under certain conditions. Submitted as an amendment to existing environmental approvals from both the EAO and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, the lodge will house an average of 300 workers over the course of the project, with numbers peaking at approximately 600 workers in the summer of 2025.

As another condition of approval, FortisBC has taken early steps towards establishing a Gender and Cultural Safety Plan, which will be developed in consultation with Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, the District of Squamish and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation.

Some additional initiatives FortisBC has identified and will establish to support the safety of vulnerable peoples and the broader community include:

  • A Worker Code of Conduct. Workers found to be in breach of this code will be removed from the EGP worksite;
  • Mandatory cultural awareness orientation, including on topics regarding harassment and bullying;
  • A Squamish Nation Elder in Residence at the Lodge;
  • Prohibiting the possession, consumption, or distribution of intoxicants of any kind by a worker on, or when travelling to or from, an EGP Project site;
  • 24-hour security and no unauthorized visitors;
  • Regular communication with Indigenous nations, stakeholders and the public to collect feedback and address concerns;
  • Ensuring a focus on mental health, both through health and wellness programming, and social and recreational offerings at the lodge;
  • A confidential 24/7 reporting line for residents to bring forward concerns of worker behaviour in the community. A separate confidential line will be provided for residents of the lodge to bring forward concerns of bullying or harassment.

The change to the lodge footprint will be reflected in the project’s provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate as well as the Environmental Assessment Agreement with Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, both of which received approval in 2016. The final step prior to lodge construction will be to secure a Temporary Use Permit from the District of Squamish. We applied for this permit in December 2022, and anticipate a decision from the District in early 2024.

November 10, 2023

Traffic impacts along Mamquam River Forest Service Road

We continue to upgrade a number of forest service roads along our planned pipeline route to improve vehicle access for our crews.

Starting mid-November, contractors will begin upgrades on the Mamquam River Forest Service Road, from the Sea to Sky Highway to Ray Basin (approximately seven kilometres). We expect traffic impacts to include rolling, single lane alternating traffic.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to complete these activities safely and as quickly as possible.

October 17, 2023

Gas pipe delivery

Starting October 23, 2023, our contractors will begin transporting steel pipe, commonly referred to as line pipe, for the Eagle Mountain–Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (EGP) Project from Squamish Terminals to our construction staging property in Squamish, B.C.

Deliveries will occur Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m, and on Saturdays between 8 a.m.–6 p.m., over an anticipated period of three weeks. 

During this time, you may notice an increase in traffic volumes on the road and may wish to build additional time into your commute. 

We anticipate deliveries will add approximately five trucks per hour to existing traffic volumes, which represents a one-to-three per cent increase during peak traffic periods. Consistent with the Project’s Traffic Management Plan, trucks will be travelling on the District of Squamish’s designated truck routes including 3rd Avenue, Vancouver Street, Loggers Lane, Cleveland Avenue, Highway 99, Industrial Way, Queens Way and Government Road. 

To mitigate the impact on the community, we were able to proactively reduce the number of round trips per day from approximately 80 to 50.

We thank you for your patience as we look to deliver these materials safely.

If you have any questions about this delivery, please feel free to reach out to us at our community line 1-855-380-5784, or email [email protected].
 

October 13, 2023

Traffic impacts along Stawamus-Indian River Forest Service Road

Construction activities are progressing and we will be upgrading a number of forest service roads along our planned pipeline route to improve vehicle access for our crews. 

Starting the week of October 16, our contractors will begin upgrades on the northern end of the Stawamus-Indian River Forest Service Road. At this time, traffic impacts will include intermittent rolling closures starting for about the first ten kilometres from the road’s northern intersection with the Mamquam River Forest Service Road.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to complete these activities safely and as quickly as possible. 

October 12, 2023

Upcoming construction at the BC Rail property

Starting mid-October, crews will be excavating at the BC Rail property in Squamish to build an entryway for our tunnel boring machine. Work will generally occur from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contractors may occasionally work on Saturdays from around 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nearby travellers may hear heavy machinery, and there may be periods of heavier traffic as crews carry material to and from the site.

This work is the first step to building a nine-kilometre underground tunnel beneath the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area (WMA). We consulted with Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and arrived at an underground tunnel solution that would protect the sensitive ecosystems of the WMA. 

For more information on how we work to protect sensitive environments, including through this project, you can read our story Protecting diverse ecosystems at every stage of a project
 

August 28, 2023

Construction has started

Construction has started for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project. Initial construction activities will begin in Squamish and will include activities such as mobilizing equipment and materials, setting up construction offices, preparing the work sites for construction, fencing, flagging, vegetation and tree clearing, preparing laydown and staging areas and building access roads.

Anticipated EGP Project construction schedule

EGP Project component Construction start
Initial construction activities Q3 2023 to Q1 2024
EGP Tunnel Portals construction Q3 2023 to Q4 2023
EGP Tunnel construction Q4 2023 to Q3 2026
Squamish Compressor Station construction Q2 2024 to Q3 2025
EGP Pipeline construction Q2 2024 to Q4 2026
EGP Pipeline twinning construction in Coquitlam Q1 2024 to Q3 2024
Eagle Mountain Compressor Station Q2 2024 to Q3 2025

August 22, 2023

Update on pipeline component of the project

FortisBC awarded the contract for the pipeline component of the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project to Surerus Murphy Joint Venture (SMJV) in August 2023. The project involves adding approximately 50 kilometres of new gas pipeline between Coquitlam and Squamish. SMJV will be responsible for the gas pipeline component, while other contractors will be responsible for the facilities and roughly nine-kilometre underground tunnel components.

Generally, the new gas pipeline will follow our existing gas line route to limit environmental impacts. Awarding the pipeline contract is an important step forward for the project, with construction anticipated to begin on or after August 28, 2023.

July 28, 2023

Construction starting soon

We anticipate construction for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project will begin on or after August 28, 2023. Initial construction activities will begin in Squamish and will include activities such as mobilizing equipment and materials, setting up construction offices, preparing the work sites for construction, fencing, flagging, vegetation and tree clearing, preparing laydown and staging areas and building access roads.

March 2, 2023

Join us for an upcoming public information meeting

We're hosting a public information meeting on March 9 to provide the Squamish community with a project update regarding our Temporary Use Permit applications for a construction laydown area and Temporary Workforce Lodge.

Please join us to learn more, ask questions and share your thoughts. Visit our events calendar for full meeting details.

November 29, 2022

Open house cancelled due to inclement weather

With significant snow forecasted in the area, we have made the decision to cancel tonight’s Open House in Squamish due to the winter weather statement issued by Environment Canada for the area. You can view our presentation materials in the Library tab, under Additional engagement resources.

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August 5, 2022

Statement regarding Enbridge’s investment in Woodfibre LNG

We welcome Enbridge’s investment in the Woodfibre LNG export facility near Squamish, which will create a new ownership structure for the facility. 

The investment will not impact FortisBC’s construction or operation of the Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project, which will transport natural gas to the Woodfibre LNG export facility. Detailed project planning, including engagement with Indigenous communities and stakeholders, is ongoing. 

We anticipate construction on the project to start early next year.

July 26, 2022

Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project quantitative risk assessment

Safety is at the core of everything we do at FortisBC, every day.

High-reliability industries such as aviation, healthcare and energy commonly use tools such as quantitative risk assessments to confirm whether major projects meet industry and community risk thresholds. For the Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project, this assessment determined the pipeline meets or exceeds both regulatory requirements and risk thresholds established by the District of Squamish.

We are taking numerous steps to go above industry and regulator thresholds to ensure the new pipeline operates safely and reliably throughout its service life. These include:

  • increasing its wall thickness almost 5mm beyond the Canadian Standards Association requirements to 23.6mm,
  • installing it at least 1.2m to 2m below ground,
  • testing it to 1.5 times the maximum operating pressure and generally operating it far below the maximum allowable operating pressure,
  • clearly identifying its general location to help avoid third-party damage, and
  • regularly monitoring its condition via surveys and in-line inspection tools, and using cathodic protection to prevent corrosion.

For perspective, even those living near the new pipeline are more at risk from a lightning strike than any sort of incident involving the pipeline.

We share quantitative risk assessments with the BC Oil and Gas Commission upon request and on a confidential basis. We do not publish risk assessments publicly due to security considerations, as they contain detailed information on our infrastructure that if released could be used to compromise our system and public safety.

We look forward to continuing our engagement with the community and First Nations ahead of project construction, which we anticipate starting next year.

June 9, 2022

Our crews are in the field

Fieldwork to support detailed project planning is underway in Squamish, including archeological and environmental surveys, and geotechnical investigations. We expect this work to continue throughout 2022, with construction expected to start next year.

This includes geotechnical investigations in the summer near the intersection of Finch Drive and Loggers Lane. To complete these investigations safely and as quickly as possible, there will be single-lane alternating traffic in the area with traffic control personnel on site to help safely assist motorists.

April 25, 2022

Proposal for two pipes in the Squamish tunnel

We are in discussions with Indigenous Nations and regulators around a proposal to install an additional segment of pipeline in the tunnel being built under the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area near Squamish, as part of the Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project.

Installing a second 24-inch pipeline in the tunnel would provide redundancy and reduce the risk of interrupting supply to Woodfibre LNG. This approach is consistent with FortisBC’s other existing large underwater crossings on the Vancouver Island Transmission System. The tunnel being built as part of the project will be backfilled following construction, meaning the natural gas pipeline in it will not be accessible post-construction.

There would be no increase in the volume of natural gas delivered to the Woodfibre LNG facility as a result of this proposal. The capacity of the new pipeline servicing Woodfibre LNG is limited by the existing natural gas pipeline segment within the Coquitlam Watershed, which is not being expanded as part of the Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project.

This proposal would not change the tunnel size, location or construction workspace.

Anyone who has questions or wants to provide feedback can contact us anytime at 1-855-380-5784 or [email protected]. We also invite the community to join us at one of our upcoming public information sessions, in Squamish on April 27 or Coquitlam on May 3.

April 5, 2022

EGP project changes approved

The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) have approved our amendment application for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (EGP) project. These approvals are significant milestones for the project and are the result of a harmonized process between the EAO and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw in their parallel reviews.

“These changes reflect years of community engagement and detailed project planning” said Darrin Marshall, EGP project director at FortisBC. “It’s through listening and engagement that we’ve strengthened and refined this project, and we’re grateful for the input we’ve received.”

Approval of these amendments brings the EGP project a step closer to construction, and ultimately, to delivery of natural gas to the proposed Woodfibre LNG facility. 

The approved changes include:

  • a new location for the Squamish Compressor Station at the Woodfibre LNG site based on feedback from the local community;
  • rerouting an eight-kilometre section of the new gas pipeline in Stawamus Valley to minimize impacts and reflect input from Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw;
  • increasing the size of two planned compressor units at the Eagle Mountain Compressor Station and accommodating this expansion within the existing footprint; and,
  • constructing an additional three-kilometre section of gas pipeline adjacent to the existing line, near the Eagle Mountain Compressor Station in Coquitlam, to add capacity and increase reliability of natural gas supply.

These changes will be reflected in the project’s provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate as well as the Environmental Assessment Agreement with Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, both of which received initial approval in 2016. 

We want to thank the community for their engagement with us to-date, and we look forward to continuing our engagement with Indigenous groups, stakeholders and local communities as the project progresses. To stay updated on the latest project news, sign up for our e-newsletter.

March 22, 2022

Proposed size increase for workforce lodging site

FortisBC is proposing to increase the size of our planned temporary workforce lodging site for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (EGP) project. The proposal would increase the size of the temporary workforce lodge site from two hectares to seven hectares – addressing issues raised by the community around pressure on local housing, traffic congestion and community resources. Previous proposals had anticipated that the majority of the workforce would be housed locally rather than at the lodge.

Key details of the changes include:

  • Expanding the workforce lodge site to seven hectares, ensuring FortisBC can house approximately 600 non-local workers at a single site.
  • Adding additional onsite facilities such as lounge, first aid, exercise and recreation areas to reduce worker pressure on community facilities.
  • The preferred location for the workforce lodge is a previously disturbed site east of Squamish.

FortisBC remains committed to hiring locally for the EGP project wherever possible. It is our priority to ensure that the local community has the opportunity to benefit from the project through jobs and material procurement, and to reduce potential pressure on local services from out-of-town workers.

Details regarding site construction and operations are currently in development, including gathering ongoing input from local community representatives and Indigenous groups. FortisBC anticipates submitting an application to amend our existing environmental approvals through the Environmental Assessment Office and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) in 2022.

March 22, 2022

Join us for upcoming information sessions

We're hosting an information session in Squamish on April 27 and Coquitlam on May 3 to hear from the community and provide a project update.

Please join us to learn more, ask questions and share your thoughts. We’re committed to continuing to engage with the community as we prepare for construction, which we anticipate beginning in 2023.

March 9, 2022

Upcoming pre-construction activities in Squamish

We will be carrying out investigative activities ahead of construction from mid-March through mid-April in Squamish. 

In order to mitigate traffic impacts on Loggers Lane and Queens Way during construction, we are planning to install sections of our gas pipeline by digging underground tunnels that we could push the gas line through. To support our design and planning, we’ll need to install monitoring equipment in three narrow, vertical holes at the following locations: 

  • Two vertical holes on FortisBC right of way along Finch Drive. There will be single-lane alternating closures on Finch Drive near Kingfisher Road and Loggers Lane to give our crews the space they need to work safely.  Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. with drilling activities expected to take approximately two days at each location. We will have traffic control personnel on site to help safely assist traffic. 
  • One vertical hole on a private property along Industrial Way near Queens Way. There will be no traffic impacts at this location. 

We will also be drilling an additional five narrow, vertical holes on private land at the BC Rail property to learn more about the site’s soil conditions. This investigative work will support the design of the entry portal at the BC Rail property for an approximately nine-kilometre, underground tunnel to the Woodfibre LNG site. The tunnel will play an important role in protecting sensitive ecosystems and wildlife by passing beneath the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary.

Nearby residents and businesses are being notified in advance of this work, and may notice some larger equipment and machinery, as well as vibration and noise levels comparable to normal construction.

February 25, 2022

Update on tunnel component of the project

FortisBC awarded the contract for the tunnel component of the project to Frontier-Kemper Michels Joint Venture in February 2022. The contractor will be responsible for both designing and constructing the approximately nine-kilometre tunnel, which will play an important role in protecting sensitive ecosystems and wildlife in Squamish. FortisBC will use the tunnel to house the project’s proposed gas pipeline system about 25 metres below the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary waterbed.

Awarding the tunnel contract is an important step forward for the project, with construction anticipated to begin in early 2023. We’ll continue engaging Indigenous communities, local governments, residents, and businesses to incorporate feedback as the project progresses.

November 29, 2021

EAO decision on EGP project changes

The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has approved project changes introduced to reflect community feedback and technical advancements. The approved changes will amend FortisBC’s existing Environmental Assessment Certificate, which the project received in 2016.

As part of the review process, the BC EAO and Squamish Nation have been working collaboratively to review the changes. We’re pleased to have the EAO’s approval, and look forward to learning of Squamish Nation’s decision, anticipated later this year.

October 8, 2021

Weather extends schedule for geotechnical investigations

Due to weather conditions in recent weeks, we’ve extended our timeline for geotechnical investigations near Squamish and in the Indian River Valley.

Weather permitting, we now anticipate completing the work on Mount Mulligan near Squamish by early November. Approximately two weeks of helicopter activity during the day is anticipated for these investigations. This work is related to the proposed gas pipeline and is not related to the Squamish Compressor Station, which FortisBC has proposed relocating to the Woodfibre LNG site.

For the one drill location near Hixon Creek in the Indian River Valley, we now anticipate work to begin at the end of October, subject to safe road conditions and favourable weather. We expect this work to be completed within a few days.

September 23, 2021

Proposed relocation of existing gas line northeast of Valleycliffe

As the project progresses, we are continuing to apply for a number of key permits. This includes an Oil and Gas Commission permit that will allow us to adjust a portion of our existing gas line northeast of the Squamish Valleycliffe area. In particular, we are proposing to decommission approximately 2.3 kilometres of our existing 10-inch gas line and replace it with 3.1 kilometres of new 10-inch gas line that will run alongside the new proposed project route. This relocation will reduce impacts to landowners by combining new and existing infrastructure.

Construction of this replacement pipe will coincide with the new 24-inch gas pipeline to minimize disruption. A consultation and notification package will be sent to recipients in proximity of this proposed replacement to provide further details.

August 23, 2021

Upcoming geotechnical investigations near Squamish and in the Indian River Valley

As we continue project planning, we will be carrying out geotechnical investigations on Mount Mulligan in the Squamish area and near Hixon Creek in the Indian River Valley. These investigations will involve drilling narrow, vertical holes so we can learn more about the subsurface soil and rock conditions. 

On Mount Mulligan the investigation sites are along hard-to-access areas of the proposed project route, so we will be using helicopters to transport the equipment. This will minimize environmental disturbance and eliminate the need to build access roads. These geotechnical investigations are not related to the Squamish Compressor Station, which FortisBC has proposed relocating to the Woodfibre LNG site.

In the Indian River Valley we will be accessing the investigation area via existing forest service roads. 

There will be a total of three drilling sites across two locations, these include:

  • Two vertical holes near Ray Creek on the southern side of Mount Mulligan near Squamish. We expect this work to begin late August and continue through to early October with approximately two weeks of anticipated daytime helicopter activity.
  • One vertical hole on our proposed right of way near Hixon Creek in the Indian River Valley. We anticipate work to begin mid-September and be completed in a few days.

To provide a safe landing area for the helicopter at the Mount Mulligan sites we will build a temporary platform. To do so, we will clear some vegetation over a space of approximately 325 square feet at each location, the majority of which will be on our existing rights of way. Environmental monitors will be onsite to ensure the work complies with environmental requirements. 

We have been working closely with the regulators, local stakeholders, and Indigenous communities to develop this geotechnical investigation program, and will continue to engage these groups and keep the public informed as the work progresses.

August 6, 2021

Extension of Environmental Assessment Certificate approved

FortisBC has received approval of its application to extend the Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) for the project from the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). This extension adds five years to the EAC, which was initially approved in 2016.

The approval is independent of our application for project amendments that are currently under review by both the EAO and Squamish Nation through a collaborative, harmonized process. We anticipate construction to begin in mid-2022, provided the proposed amendments are approved this year.

We’ve continued to build awareness and understanding of the project since 2016. This includes reflecting years of local community feedback and technical advancements in the project’s design, which have led to the changes currently under review.

We will continue to engage residents, stakeholders and Indigenous groups at every key step as the project progresses.

To learn more about the EAO’s extension process visit projects.eao.gov.bc.ca.

May 20, 2021

Environmental surveys in Squamish and Coquitlam

As project planning continues, FortisBC will be conducting environmental surveys in various locations in the District of Squamish and north Coquitlam area. These routine surveys to support project permitting include:

  • Surveys in the District of Squamish near Finch Drive, Loggers Sports Grounds, the local RCMP detachment, and a couple of locations near Highway 99. We expect these surveys to occur in two parts, the first beginning in late May/early June and concluding in mid-June, and the second beginning late July and concluding in mid-August.
  • Surveys in Coquitlam near Eagle Mountain Park, specifically, near the BC Hydro Meridian Substation on Eagle Mountain Drive in the area of the proposed electrical substation facility. We expect these surveys to begin in late July and conclude in early August.

The surveys involve collecting visual field data through wetland surveys, aquatics surveys, wildlife and wildlife habitat surveys, as well as identifying rare and invasive plant species. Our environmental consultants will complete the surveys on foot during daylight hours while utilizing existing access and trails where possible. No ground disturbance will be required.

We will continue to keep the public informed as the project progresses.

February 1, 2021

Weather extends schedule for geotechnical investigations

Due to weather conditions in recent weeks, we’ve extended our timeline for geotechnical investigations near Squamish and in the Indian River Valley.

Weather permitting, we now anticipate completing the work on Mount Mulligan near Squamish by early November. Approximately two weeks of helicopter activity during the day is anticipated for these investigations. This work is related to the proposed gas pipeline and is not related to the Squamish Compressor Station, which FortisBC has proposed relocating to the Woodfibre LNG site.

For the one drill location near Hixon Creek in the Indian River Valley, we now anticipate work to begin at the end of October, subject to safe road conditions and favourable weather. We expect this work to be completed within a few days.

December 9, 2020

Recordings from fall Squamish and Coquitlam information sessions

This November and December we hosted four virtual information sessions as part of our community engagement on the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project. Two of these sessions invited Squamish community members for an update on the project including topics related to our Environmental Assessment Certificate amendments near Squamish; providing opportunities to the community during construction; and the details of our Waste Discharge Permit application to the Oil & Gas Commission.

The remaining two sessions focused on Coquitlam, highlighting our proposed work to add two new electric powered compressor units at our Eagle Mountain compressor station, as well as plans to twin a three-kilometre section of our existing pipeline near Westwood Plateau.

During these sessions, the community asked many questions on a wide range of topics related to the project, and the work that we do as a company. A summary of these questions and answers and will be posted on our website once compiled. We will consolidate responses where similar questions were received.

For anyone who was unable to participate in either session, we have posted a recording of the November 18 session presentation in Squamish, and of the December 3 session in Coquitlam.

December 4, 2020

Upcoming field work at BC Rail property in Squamish

As our planning continues for the tunnel segment of the project, we will be performing a groundwater monitoring program to support this work.

This program will take place on private land at the BC Rail property in Squamish and will be carried out in three phases. The first phase involves the installation of groundwater monitoring wells, which is planned for early-to-mid December and will last approximately two weeks. This work will involve drilling and the installation of two-inch-wide wells at locations within the property.

The next phases will begin in early-2021 and will involve a pump test program and a groundwater monitoring program.

We will ensure that all work meets environmental requirements.

November 19, 2020

Coquitlam virtual information sessions

We’re hosting two virtual information sessions in early December as part of our community engagement on the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project.

We’ll provide an update on the project at both sessions. We’ll also talk about our proposed plan to add two new electric powered compressor units within the existing footprint of our Eagle Mountain compressor station in Coquitlam while minimizing the environmental and visual impact of the work. Also, we will discuss our proposal to add three kilometres of pipeline next to our existing pipeline near Westwood Plateau, which would increase capacity and reliability, will also be discussed.

Many of these developments have already been informed by community feedback. We look forward to updating you on our progress and answer any questions at our upcoming virtual information sessions.

Can’t join us for an information session? 

November 3, 2020

FortisBC applies for an Environmental Assessment Certificate extension

FortisBC is applying to extend our Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project, as it will currently expire in August 2021.

Since we initially received our provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate and Squamish Nation Environmental Assessment Agreement in 2016, we’ve been advancing the project and making progress in a number of areas. One notable undertaking in recent years has been our Environmental Assessment Certificate Amendment Application. This application contains four proposed amendments, which are the result of careful review, listening to community feedback, and further detailed design.

The application to extend our certificate is an opportunity to ensure that these years of engagement and careful review are reflected in the project.

We will continue to engage residents, stakeholders and Indigenous groups at every key step as the project progresses. This includes hosting upcoming virtual public information sessions this fall.

To learn more about the EAO’s extension process visit projects.eao.gov.bc.ca.

October 29, 2020

Squamish virtual information sessions

We’re hosting two virtual information sessions in November as part of our community engagement on the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project.

We’ll provide an update on the project at both sessions. We’ll also talk about our proposed new location for the Squamish compressor station; the proposed rerouting of an eight-kilometre section of the pipeline extension in Stawamus Valley to minimize impacts and consider input from the Squamish Nation; how we’ll provide opportunities to the community during construction, including the hiring of local and Indigenous contractors; and details of our Waste Discharge Permit application to the Oil & Gas Commission.

There will be opportunities for the community to get their questions answered and provide feedback.

Can’t join us for an information session? 

  • Ask us a question or provide your feedback by phone or email. 
  • Call us at 1-855-380-5784
  • Email us at [email protected]

October 28, 2020

Environmental Assessment Certificate amendments filed

We have submitted our application to amend the project’s Environmental Assessment Certificate, following months of planning and community engagement. As announced earlier this year, the amendments seek to include refinements in project design, incorporate feedback from Indigenous and local communities, and minimize potential project impacts.

Proposed changes include:

  • the option of a new location for the Squamish compressor station at the Woodfibre LNG site;
  • rerouting an eight-kilometre section of the pipeline in the Stawamus Valley;
  • increasing the size of two planned compressor units at the Eagle Mountain compressor station and accommodating the expansion within the existing footprint; and,
  • the addition of three-kilometres of pipeline near the Eagle Mountain compressor station.

In 2016, the project received both a provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate as well as a Squamish Nation Environmental Assessment Agreement following rigorous environmental review and extensive community engagement. We are now seeking approval from both bodies to amend the certificate and agreement based on our proposed changes.

We look forward to continued engagement with Indigenous groups, stakeholders, and local communities. This includes hosting upcoming public information sessions that will take place in mid-November.

Learn more about our amendments.

September 15, 2020

Upcoming geotechnical work on forest service roads in Stawamus Valley and Indian River Valley

As our project planning continues, we are planning to carry out geotechnical work along forest service roads in the Stawamus Valley and Indian River Valley.

Geotechnical investigations involve drilling narrow, vertical holes so we can learn more about the subsurface soil and rock conditions. Beginning in mid-September, the work will start near the 25-kilometre post of the Stawamus/Indian River Forest Service Road. Geotechnical work and other geophysical investigations will take place at various other locations along the forest service road and existing FortisBC right of way, including Ray Creek and Hixon Creek.

Environmental monitors will be onsite to make sure the work meets environmental requirements, and all work spaces will be carefully cleaned up once we have finished. Partial access restrictions may be required along these forest service roads for this work to be completed safely. We anticipate finishing by early November.

August 18, 2020

Recording of August 13th virtual information session

Last week we hosted two virtual information sessions as part of our community engagement on the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project. These sessions provided an update on the project and our preferred pipeline route through the Loggers Lane East neighbourhood.

During these sessions, the community asked many questions on a wide range of topics related to the project, and the work that we do as a company. We’re committed to providing answers and responses, and will post these on our website once these have been compiled.

For anyone who was unable to participate in either session, we have posted a recording of the August 13th presentation and Q&A.

July 29, 2020

Virtual information sessions

We’re hosting two virtual information sessions as part of our community engagement on the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project. These sessions will provide an update on the project and our preferred pipeline route through the Loggers Lane East neighbourhood. There will also be opportunities for the community to get their questions answered and provide feedback on the project.

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation is also accessible here

Thursday, August 13, 2020

  • 4-5:30 p.m.

There will be a short presentation about the project followed by a question and answer period.

Can’t join us for an information session? 

  • Ask us a question or provide your feedback by phone or email. 
  • Call us at 1-855-380-5784
  • Email us at [email protected]

February 20, 2020

Upcoming proposed changes to require amendments to Environmental Assessment Certificate

As part of our work to refine planning, today FortisBC is introducing proposed changes to the project. These changes are based on ongoing engineering design and address anticipated impacts to the community during construction and operations. They also incorporate feedback we received from Indigenous and local communities. The proposed changes include:

  • A new location for the Squamish compressor station, previously proposed for Mount Mulligan, at the Woodfibre LNG site;
  • Rerouting an eight-kilometre section of the pipeline extension in Stawamus Valley to minimize impacts and reflect input from Squamish Nation;
  • Increasing the size of the two new electric powered compressor units at the existing Eagle Mountain compressor station in Coquitlam, and reconfiguring the station to accommodate this expansion within the existing footprint;
  • Constructing an additional three-kilometre section of pipeline adjacent to the existing pipeline, near the Eagle Mountain compressor station, to increase reliability of natural gas supply to Woodfibre LNG.

These changes will require amendments to the Environmental Assessment Certificate received in 2016, as well as approval from Squamish Nation.

You can learn more about these changes and provide feedback at upcoming information sessions in 2020. Details for these sessions will be confirmed in the weeks ahead.

November 1, 2019

Upcoming geotechnical work in Coquitlam

Beginning in early November, FortisBC will start carrying out geotechnical investigations for the project’s facilities. This involves drilling narrow, vertical holes to learn more about the underground layers of soil and rock.

This early investigative work will be carried out in Coquitlam, at the site of our new FortisBC high voltage substation. The site of this new facility is adjacent to the existing BC Hydro Meridian Substation, and will eventually provide additional power to our existing Eagle Mountain compressor station.

We will ensure that the work meets environmental requirements, and we anticipate it will take approximately one week to complete. Geotechnical investigations will also take place in mid-November at the Eagle Mountain compressor station property and will take approximately three weeks to complete.

October 29, 2019

Upcoming geotechnical work within District of Squamish

In early November, we will be carrying out additional geotechnical investigations to fine-tune our plans. This includes work within the District of Squamish, including two locations along Industrial Way and Finch Drive. This work involves drilling narrow, vertical holes so we can learn more underground conditions.

As part of this work, temporary partial lane closures will be required on Industrial and Finch, near the Highway 99 intersection, to ensure the safety of the public and our contractors. Beginning at the start of next week, work will take approximately two days at each location and we anticipate finishing in early November.

One of our contractors will also conduct a field survey at locations along Finch Drive in early November. This will assist in our project planning and detailed engineering, and this work should be finished by mid-November.

October 3, 2019

Upcoming community engagement

As part of our engagement on the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project, we’ll be meeting this fall with community leaders and associations to understand their perspectives. Our initial focus will be on potential impacts related to workforce accommodation and construction. We will be engaging the broader community at public information sessions in early 2020.

August 16, 2019

Geotechnical work begins on forest service roads in Indian River Valley

As our project planning continues, we are now starting to carry out geotechnical work along forest service roads in the Indian River Valley.

Geotechnical investigations involve drilling narrow, vertical holes so we can learn more about the soil and rock. Beginning this week, work will take place at various locations between the start of the Indian River forest service road and approximately three kilometres north of the Indian River – Hixon Creek forest service roads junction.

Environmental monitors will be onsite to make sure the work meets environmental requirements, and all work spaces will be carefully cleaned up once we have finished. Access may be restricted along these forest service roads, and work is anticipated to be finished by mid-October.

June 27, 2019

Upcoming geotechnical work on forest service roads in Indian River Valley

As we continue our project planning, we will be carrying out geotechnical work along forest service roads in the Indian River Valley during the summer months.

Geotechnical investigations involve drilling narrow, vertical holes so we can learn more about the soil and rock. Beginning in mid-July, work will take place between the start of the Indian River forest service road and approximately three kilometres north of the Indian River – Hixon Creek forest service roads junction.

Environmental monitors will be onsite to make sure the work meets environmental requirements, and all work spaces will be carefully cleaned up once we have finished. Access may be restricted along these forest service roads, and work is anticipated to be finished by mid-September.

May 28, 2019

Upcoming geotechnical work on private properties

We’re continuing to fine-tune our engineering and design for the project, and beginning this week we will be carrying out geotechnical investigations. This involves drilling narrow, vertical holes to learn more about the underground layers of soil and rock.

This early investigative work will be carried out on private land at the BC Rail property and the Woodfibre LNG site. The information we gather will help us plan the pipeline tunnel underneath the Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area.

We will ensure that the work meets environmental requirements, and we anticipate it will take approximately three weeks to complete.

We are planning for additional geotechnical work that will take place at locations along the pipeline route in 2019, and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.

February 22, 2019

Squamish Nation approves economic benefit agreement

The Squamish Nation’s decision to approve the economic agreement is a significant and positive milestone for FortisBC’s Eagle Mountain to Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project. This approval has been issued as part of the Squamish Nation’s environmental approval process and FortisBC is proud to be a part of this negotiation, which is the first of its kind in Canada.

As part of its agreement with Squamish Nation, FortisBC is committed to delivering comprehensive economic benefits, including employment and training opportunities. In addition, we will be undertaking studies around improvements to energy efficiency and infrastructure location.

June 11, 2018

Join us for free mini golf and BBQ lunch

We’re proud to be part of the Squamish community and we want to meet our neighbours. Join us for a free game of mini golf, a BBQ lunch, fun prizes and giveaways.

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: WhistlePunk Hollow Adventure Golf
1940 Centennial Way, Squamish

October 20, 2017

Squamish Community Office – Update

While our current phase of planning work is ongoing, we have reduced our presence and community office hours at our location on Cleveland Avenue. We value the feedback we receive from local stakeholders and residents, and we will be available by scheduling an appointment in advance. Contact us at [email protected].

June 14, 2017

Squamish Community office reopens

FortisBC and Woodfibre LNG celebrated the reopening of our Squamish Community Office on June 14. The event celebrated the continued support we have received from the local community, and will be open from Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

January 24, 2017

FortisBC explains why trees were removed for safety during geotechnical investigations

Viviana, our community relations manager, addresses some of the geotechnical work that took place during the fall of 2016, about halfway between the Woodfibre LNG site and the Squamish Estuary. She summarizes the steps we took in advance of the clearing work that took place, as well as the steps we took to mitigate our impact to that area.

November 6, 2016

FortisBC completes geotechnical work on the Squamish dike

Spit Road re-opens to pedestrian and vehicle traffic now that FortisBC crews have completed 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.

November 4, 2016

Woodfibre LNG authorized to continue with proposed LNG export facility

Woodfibre LNG Limited announce that they have secured approval to move forward with their LNG export facility, to be located near Squamish, BC.

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 Indigenous groups, stakeholders, and the public as the project moves forward.

November 3, 2016

Our response to incident at Squamish Community Office

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 or their quick response to this incident.

August 9, 2016

Provincial government issues Environmental Assessment Certificate

The provincial government grants the Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project with environmental assessment approval. Read the official release.

June 24, 2016

Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council voted to approve an Environmental Assessment Agreement

Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council vote to approve an Environmental Assessment Agreement for the proposed Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project and issue an Environmental Certificate to FortisBC. Read the news release.

October 7, 2015

Open house in Squamish

FortisBC representatives host an open house in Squamish to support the Environmental Assessment Office public comment period.

September 24, 2015

Public comment period on FortisBC addenda on final report to Environmental Assessment Office

A public comment period for our addenda on our final report takes place from September 24 to October 15, 2015. Comments helped the BC Environmental Assessment Office ensure that all environmental, economic, social, heritage and health concerns related to our proposed addenda have been part of the assessment process.

June 26, 2015

Squamish Nation Council outlines a series of environmental conditions

Squamish Nation Council outlines a series of environmental conditions as a result of its review, and we revise our plans to address their conditions.

April 21, 2015

Open house District of Squamish

View the materials from the open house hosted by the District of Squamish.

Open house materials.

February 12, 2015

Open house in Coquitlam

FortisBC representatives host an open house in Coquitlam to support the Environmental Assessment Office public comment period.

Open house materials.

June 11, 2014

Open house in Gibsons

FortisBC representatives host an open house in Gibsons to discuss the project and answer questions.

November 21, 2013

Open house in Coquitlam

FortisBC representatives host an initial open house in Coquitlam to discuss the project and answer questions.

November 16, 2013

Open house in Squamish

FortisBC representatives host an initial open house in Squamish to discuss the project and answer questions.

Public information meeting

Time

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PST

Format

In-person

FortisBC is hosting a public information meeting to provide the Squamish community with a project update regarding our Temporary Use Permit applications, and an opportunity to ask questions. 

Join us at a public information meeting to get involved and share your feedback:

Howe Sound Secondary School
38430 Buckley Avenue, Squamish

  • Information meeting
    6 to 8 p.m. (drop-in 6 to 7:00 p.m.)
  • Short presentation followed by Q&A
    7 to 8 p.m.

The Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (EGP) project will deliver natural gas to Woodfibre LNG, a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facility near Squamish, BC. The EGP project will expand a portion of FortisBC’s existing natural gas transmission system, adding about 47 kilometres of new 24-inch gas pipeline from north of Coquitlam to the Woodfibre LNG site, and an additional three kilometres of pipe near Westwood Plateau in north Coquitlam. The project was approved by the BC Environmental Assessment Office and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) in 2016.

Our commitment to local communities

The safety and environmental wellbeing of local communities is extremely important to us, and it’s a value we know we share with local residents. That’s why we’ll continue to work with residents and community members to understand and mitigate any concerns. Members of the FortisBC team will regularly be in local communities, communicating the project and listening to concerns and feedback.

We also value the importance of keeping the community informed. To ensure you’re staying up-to-date, subscribe to our email newsletter.

Indigenous engagement

Indigenous feedback helps to improve our Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project

We value working directly with local First Nations to listen to their concerns and understand their perspective. We’re engaging with the following First Nations to discuss the expansion project details and listen to their questions and concerns:

The New Energy

Some of our work with Squamish Nation has been highlighted in a video series hosted by Squamish, Haida and Cree actor, Simon Baker, called The New Energy. Check out the first episode of the series, exploring how Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw became a regulator for overseeing work in their Traditional Territory, leading to the ground-breaking Squamish Nation Environmental Assessment Agreement.

Community engagement

One of our top priorities is to engage local communities so that they understand the work we're doing

Benefits to local communities

FortisBC is supporting a variety of local, non-governmental associations and organizations – including groups that support vulnerable populations. FortisBC is also supporting various Indigenous businesses and cultural initiatives through the agreements we have in place with local Indigenous communities. These agreements will provide direct economic opportunities for Indigenous businesses to participate in the project and provide jobs and training to many members of local Indigenous communities.

This project will provide a wide variety of employment opportunities for the local workforce, from construction to supporting services. For example, we will be working with our contractors to promote the use of Squamish businesses to supply small tools, materials and general support services. This project will generate significant revenue for the District of Squamish through various forms of taxes and fees.

FortisBC team members stand outside SHARE with a pile of food for the food bank

Tri-Cities Chamber and SHARE Society food drive

We joined and supported the Tri-Cities Chamber for their 2021 Christmas Luncheon, which featured a food drive for the SHARE Family & Community Services Society. In total, the drive collected over 600 pounds of food for families in need. We were thrilled to partner with the Chamber on this initiative, and will continue looking for similar opportunities to give back to the communities where we live and work.

Two women wearing masks stand under a FortisBC tent

Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival

Our team joined the Squamish community at the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival, which was back in action in September 2021. We were able to connect with hundreds of attendees and enjoyed sharing information and answering questions about FortisBC and the EGP Project. Congratulations to all the competitors, and we can’t wait to see the community at this event in future years.

A conversation with Bryan Couture

The Squamish Day Loggers Sports Festival celebrates the connection between Squamish and local industry. We spoke with Bryan Couture in 2016, then-president of the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Association, about the importance of the event to the community and how industry growth can benefit Squamish.

Questions from the community during 2020

We know you have questions, and our team is here to provide answers. In 2020, we held several virtual information sessions in Squamish and Coquitlam to ensure interactive opportunities for the public to ask questions and learn more about the project.

Our team compiled 30 questions from our August update to the Squamish community. We also compiled over 50 questions from all six sessions.

We’ll continue to keep the public informed as the project progresses.

Community grants support local initiatives

At FortisBC, we serve more than 135 communities across the province. Giving back to the communities where our over 2,400 employees live and work is an important part of our efforts to create a sustainable future for British Columbians.

We’ve been a part of the Squamish community for over 30 years. And we take our role as a good corporate citizen very seriously. The local recipients of our community investment grants include a wide-range of organizations that are working hard to make Squamish and the Sea-to-Sky region a better place to live.

Regulatory process

Environmental Assessment Office

In 2016 the project received approval from the provincial Environmental Assessment Office and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). In 2021 the project’s approval was extended for a further five years. 

You can view all finalized environmental and condition management plans and compliance reports at the Environmental Assessment Office’s project portal.

BC Energy Regulator

We’ve received a Waste Discharge Authorization from the BC Energy Regulator to discharge treated water generated from tunnel construction activities at the BC Rail and Woodfibre LNG sites in Squamish. All water generated through construction activities will be treated, prior to discharge, in accordance with the Environmental Management Act and to meet BC Water Quality Guidelines.

Details on the project and water management can be found in our application documents here

As part of a temporary Waste Discharge Authorization, we publish weekly reports of our water quality testing results. Our reports include monitoring and sampling activities to ensure water quality in the receiving environment meets these guidelines.

Transport Canada

We're planning to build a temporary bridge across the Indian River in the Indian River Watershed to support pipeline construction activities. Our public notice with details can be viewed here. We anticipate construction to begin in May 2024 and to conclude in the fall.

We’re moving ahead with a pipeline crossing of the Indian River in the Indian River Watershed. Our public notice from the Transport Canada process can be viewed here. We anticipate this work to take about two months, beginning in July 2024.

We’re committed to completing these activities in an environmentally responsible manner and have been closely engaging Indigenous groups on this work.

Metro Vancouver Regional District

Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) has authorized the contained burning of non-merchantable timber and woody debris from clearing activities on the project at four designated sites near Hixon Peak, roughly 30 kilometres southeast of Squamish.

We’ll be using an air curtain burner, designed to aid in combustion and reduce emissions, to ensure the debris is burned in a safe and controlled manner, and to eliminate any fire risk associated with this material.

We anticipate burning to take place between mid-April and early June 2024. 

As part of MVRD’s authorization, these activities will comply with BC’s Environmental Management Act and the Greater Vancouver Regional District Air Quality Management bylaws. We’ve also been working closely with local Indigenous communities who have approved these plans. 

Additional resources

We've been engaging on the Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project since 2013. Materials related to these discussions are available below.

Temporary Use Permit applications

In response to community feedback, we are proposing to build a full-service Workforce Lodge east of Squamish that can accommodate the 350-600 construction workers needed throughout project construction. Housing our workforce at a single out-of-town location will help ensure it can provide economic benefits for local businesses, while mitigating impacts on housing and traffic.

We started engaging with Indigenous Nations, and key community groups and stakeholders in 2019 through our Community Table to ensure the Temporary Workforce Lodge is operated safely and responsibly, with a focus on the safety of vulnerable groups. More recently, this engagement included presenting to the District of Squamish Council on March 22, 2022, and talking to hundreds of local residents including at Squamish information sessions on April 27, June 6, and November 23, 2022.

We’re proposing to locate our site office and construction laydown yard on a privately-owned site near the intersection of Mamquam River Forest Service Road and Powerhouse Springs Road. This location is close to our proposed temporary Workforce Lodge and the Indian River Road which we will use to access worksites, meaning it will minimize local disruptions and traffic impacts. 

It is important to note that the Mamquam River Forest Service Road and Indian River Forest Service Road will need to be used for construction traffic regardless of where the site office and laydown yard or workers lodge are located as they are the only access route to the Indian Valley area from Squamish.