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View of TC Energy pipeline construction site in a forested mountain area near Crowsnest Pass, Alberta.

Pipeline construction causing concern for some MD residents

The recent uptake in construction for TC Energy’s West Path Delivery Program pipeline project has been cause for concern in some residents.

David McIntyre, who lives in Rock Creek valley, has raised concern with the company and with Shootin’ the Breeze over implications of the construction for residents and for the environment.

“Residents have been living with the problems for months, and work appears to be intensifying,” he says in an email to Shootin’ the Breeze.

He references conversations with other residents, including one where a 101-year-old woman and her granddaughter expressed worries about the dust on North Burmis Road.

The image above shows what McIntyre describes as a “massive, over-the-Livingstone-Range pipeline project.”

From his regular vantage point, McIntyre saw what he describes as a steady stream of truck traffic from the primary staging area along with a lingering cloud of dust.

 

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The MD of Pincher Creek’s council package for its June 27 meeting reports submitted complaints regarding road conditions in the area and McIntyre believes such complaints are related to TC Energy’s use.

There have been recent requests for dust control and management of washboarding, and a request for councillors to see the “rough” condition of the road. One caller suggested “TC Energy [is] making a mess.”

According to public notes from a presentation given by TC Energy to MD council May 23, dust control is to be managed by the county (MD) in consultation with the company. 

Documents from the delegation state that TC Energy “strive[s] to limit noise, dust and smells throughout construction and operation of the project” and “make[s] every effort to minimize the impact of traffic during the life of the project.”

“TC Energy can, of course, do much better or, if it can’t, what’s to be said of the integrity of its pipelines?” asks McIntyre.

He has also raised concerns about the condition of Rock Creek, which he has described to TC Energy as being a “blackish hue,” then clear, then “decidedly muddy.” He raises particular worry for the condition of the already threatened cutthroat trout population in the nearby waters.

One of his biggest concerns is what he feels is the lack of public consultation the company has done.

 

 

In a media statement to Shootin’ the Breeze, a TC Energy spokesperson said, “Specific to the NGTL Lundbreck section, since 2020, TC Energy has been actively engaging communities in southern Alberta.”

They note a community and business engagement open house hosted in Blairmore in March.

“We are open to engaging with community members and groups who are interested in the project and have planned a meeting with interested community members along our access route in the area for later this month.”

TC Energy encourages directing any questions on the project to the project team at 1-855-895-8754 or to public_affairs_ca@tcenergy.com.

McIntyre hopes to see more engagement and public consultation on the part of TC Energy as the project moves forward.

“TC Energy, despite its abysmal track record to date, still has an opportunity to show residents and others impacted by its work that it is capable of living up to its promises, capable and willing to invest in measures that lessen its impact on the land, and the people living in close proximity to its pipelines,” he says.

 

View of TC Energy pipeline construction site in a forested mountain area near Crowsnest Pass, Alberta.

TC Energy’s pipeline construction zone as seen looking west over Rock Creek on July 7. Photo by David McIntyre

Map showing Nova Gas transmission area being twinned near Lundbreck, Alberta.

Pipeline project to boost Pincher economy this summer

A pipeline expansion project is expected to bring over 400 tradespeople into Pincher Creek and the surrounding MD by August, according to representatives from TC Energy. 

TC, which hopes to start twinning a 7.5-kilometre stretch of its natural gas pipeline through Lundbreck on June 1, anticipates an average of 150 personnel will be working on-site through the end of September. 

Up to 425 personnel will handle the actual pipeline twinning, which the company expects will take a few weeks starting in late August. 

There will be no work camp, meaning all pipeline personnel will stay at local accommodations and support local eateries, construction manager Patrick Dutka told MD council at chambers May 23. 

The project will kick off at North Burmis Road, in the MD’s Division 5. 

 

Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta

 

The road isn’t designed to accommodate industrial traffic, so Dutka said the company has arranged to bring heavy loads on-site via the nearby Chapel Rock Road. 

“We want to keep a close eye on the dust situation,” Dutka said, qualifying that, “Heavy loads will be sporadic” anyway. 

TC will make it plain that all work vehicles are to respect the area’s 60 km/h speed limit, he added. 

Council thanked Dutka and another company representative for their presentation, stressing at several points that the project would come as a boon to the local economy. 

The expansion will add capacity to TC’s Nova Gas Transmission Line, which feeds natural gas to markets in northeastern British Columbia and Alberta, according to TC’s website.

Project information is available in the NGTL West Path Delivery 2023 Factsheet and on the Canada Energy Regulator website.

 

Alberta map showing location of TC Energy pipeline project near Lundbreck.
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