Pipe up before pipelines put down

TransCanada Pipelines and Spectra Energy, plan to build pipelines to transport natural gas from the fracking grounds of northeastern B.C.


TransCanada Pipelines and Spectra Energy, plan to build pipelines to transport natural gas from the fracking grounds of northeastern B.C. to LNG plants on the west coast.

Pipelines would pass though the Kispiox Valley, following different routes, on to Cranberry Junction and westward.

Each of the three 48-inch diameter pipes (Spectra proposes two), would have the capacity to move nearly four billion cubic feet of gas per day, all for export. This would be more than twenty times the province’s current domestic use. The National Energy Board reports: natural gas pipelines of smaller diameter, but of similar length, experience one operational leak annually, and one catastrophic failure every seven years.

Roads would parallel each pipeline’s entire length. A large swath would be cleared and sprayed to prevent vegetative growth. There would be over 1,300 stream and river crossings on each route, including the Babine, Skeena, and Kispiox. Construction crews would temporarily dam and divert many salmon bearing streams. Spectra Energy has stated there would be no construction jobs for locals – zero.

Proponents ensure us that these pipelines would be exclusively for natural gas. At the moment, people in eastern Canada are outraged and fighting TransCanada’s plan to convert a major natural gas pipeline system from gas to oil. In Alberta, oil pipeline ruptures occur on average twice a day. Only the larger ones require reporting.

Is this what we collectively want for our territories, our lands, and our salmon?

Time to pipe up before the pipe is laid down.

Marnie Pole

Kispiox Valley

Just Posted

Disaster in store for Prince Rupert, announces Lester Centre of the Arts

Auditions set to take place at the end of October

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Pembina CEO says ‘noise’ makes Trans Mountain pipeline bid unlikely

Trans Mountain was sold to federal government in 2018

Northwest Wave Riders return from Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

This was the first time in 25 years that northern B.C. teams competed

Fore-get about golf this weekend, Vic Marion Seniors tournament postponed

Rainy forecast in Prince Rupert pushes tournament to later date

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

The Northern View announces inaugural Tyee Fishing Derby in Prince Rupert

More than $7,000 up for grabs for biggest legal salmon and halibut

The Northern View 2019 Readers Choice

It’s that time of year again! Vote online or at the Prince Rupert office before noon on Aug. 30

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

B.C. man on trial for daughters’ murders says an intruder broke in

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

Most Read