Plateau Pipe Line Ltd. has applied to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office to waive the environmental assessment certificate on a 160-kilometre pipeline that would carry condensate and natural gas liquids to a terminal in Taylor. If it proves the pipeline “will not have significant adverse environmental, economic, social, heritage or health effects,” or that those effects can be minimized, the company can be granted an exemption, though it would still be required to consult with First Nations, residents and local governments. The company has argued that the environmental footprint of the pipeline will be minimal with 80 per cent of the route cleared previously for farming, roads, transmission lines or other pipelines. Around 300 hectares of land would still need to be cleared, however.
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