The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office has issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate to TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project.
The green light comes with 32 conditions including continued engagement with First Nations along the route and joining in on government-led programs to manage wildlife populations of concern.
The natural gas pipeline is slated to run from near Dawson Creek to Kitimat.
Next steps for the proposed project include detailed engineering and construction planning, as well as ongoing consultation with Aboriginal groups and the public.
TransCanada is hoping to start construction in 2016, if they get all the required permits and investments.
The project may create between 2,000-2,500 jobs during construction and between 35-60 once it is operational.