03.09.16 / Community

Community feedback helps us create solutions that work for everyone

When we start planning a project, dozens of engineers, scientists and other experts are consulted. But our plans really take shape when we start talking with local community members and First Nations.

For our proposed Eagle Mountain to Woodfibre gas pipeline project, we engaged with Squamish residents and First Nations early to incorporate local knowledge and community needs into our initial project designs. After we filed our application for environmental assessment with the BC Environmental Assessment Office, we used feedback from public comment periods and local First Nations to further refine our plans.

Based on the feedback we’ve received and our commitment to building a project that addresses community values and provides local benefits, we proposed some key changes to the project:

  • a new method to install the pipeline underneath the Squamish estuary, which will avoid surface disturbances during construction and operations
  • moving the proposed Squamish compressor station to a remote location further away from residential areas in town
  • further reducing incremental greenhouse gas emissions* by:
    • eliminating the need for increased compression at our Port Mellon compressor station
    • reducing the size of the Squamish compressor station
    • maximizing the use of the electric compressors in Coquitlam to offset the use of gas drives


*compared to FortisBC’s original application submitted to the BC EAO.