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Environmental stewardship

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We are committed to delivering our projects in an environmentally responsible manner. This means detailed planning to guide construction, as well as working with experts, Indigenous communities, and local groups every step of the way.

As part of project planning and before shovels hit the ground, we complete thorough assessments of an area to identify important factors such as environmental and archaeological sensitivities that may require additional protection, seasons when construction cannot take place due to salmon spawning or bird nesting, and any areas that require additional attention during restoration. The information collected is used to develop an environmental management plan for the project as well as site-specific environmental protection plans that must be followed during construction. These plans include requirements such as limiting the width of excavations, ways to prevent run-off into any nearby creeks and expectations around restoration.

When it comes to restoration, we believe we should be leaving the areas we work in as good – or better – condition than they were before we started. For example, restoration for our FortisBC Gas Line Upgrades project near Burnaby Mountain in 2019 included planting a pollinator garden that would provide an important source of food for wild bee species that live in the area.

Archaeology

We recognize the importance of minimizing impacts to archaeological and cultural sites near planned construction areas, and work with Indigenous communities to identify, monitor and protect these important sites. This includes pre-construction assessments of an area by archaeologists and Indigenous community representatives, which help us select a route that avoids impacting known archaeological and cultural sites, as well as archaeological monitoring during construction.