03.10.16 / Environment

Scientific research helps FortisBC protect sensitive ecosystems

With more than 20 years of experience, FortisBC’s environment manager Jennifer Robertson has the expertise to make sure environmental mitigation measures for the proposed Eagle Mountain Gas Pipeline Project are second to none.


Jennifer environmental manager


By thoroughly understanding all the challenges and risks up front, FortisBC can determine the safest, most environmentally responsible plan going forward.

Jennifer Robertson FortisBC environment manager

Over the past couple of years, she’s reviewed several studies commissioned by FortisBC for the project.

In total, more than a hundred environmental studies, tests and assessments have been done in the Squamish area during the planning process.

Jennifer worked closely with dozens of specialists—including biologists and archaeological experts—who assess impact to sensitive wildlife populations, ecosystems and cultural sites along the proposed route.

“With this particular project there are a lot of challenges because we’re working around the Squamish estuary, which includes a very sensitive wildlife management area,” she said. “We’re also concerned with maintaining the recreation use of the areas we’re considering for the project, and minimizing the aesthetic impact the project would have.”

Understanding the unique challenges in the Squamish estuary—together with feedback from local stakeholders and First Nations—helped shape FortisBC’s proposed routing and approach to installing the natural gas pipeline underneath the Wildlife Management Area.

The method FortisBC is now proposing will eliminate surface disruptions during construction and operation.