Do you want a 24-inch pipeline in your backyard?

FortisBC's 24-inch pipeline is putting residents at risk

FortisBC pipeline and compressor station amendment

FortisBC has applied for an amendment to its Environmental Assessment Certificate, and the public comment period started last week (deadline = 23rd December).

We are putting together a team of researchers to review the proposed changes (email [email protected] if you can help), and will share our key concerns soon.

Here's what we know so far:

  • FortisBC is proposing to move the compressor station from Mt Mulligan to the Woodfibre site. This is an improvement, and it's all thanks to the Valleycliffe residents that have expressed concern about the Mt Mulligan location since 2015. FortisBC is finally listening.
  • The compressor station at Woodfibre will be powered by three fracked gas turbine compressor units, that will increase air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. This is unacceptable given that every single person is being asked to immediately reduce their personal greenhouse gas emissions, while FortisBC is planning to pollute for 40+ years. There is access to BC Hydro electricity at the site—why isn't FortisBC using it?
  • The 24-inch high-pressure pipeline to Woodfibre LNG has been re-routed behind Ravens Plateau, along Finch Drive, and through the Industrial Park in Squamish. These areas have a lot of new homes and businesses, and FortisBC is recklessly putting people's lives at risk.
  • FortisBC is planning to drill a 9 km tunnel underneath the Squamish estuary, with drilling taking place for up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for two to three years. This noise will impact everyone that lives or works in the Industrial Park, Dentville, and Yekwaupsum neighbourhoods.
  • A new 3 km section of 24-inch high-pressure pipeline is proposed in Coquitlam near the Westwood Plateau neighbourhood, along with upgrades to the existing compressor station.
  • If you are a FortisBC customer, YOU will be paying for this pipeline. The former BC government ordered the BC Utilities Commission to allow FortisBC to pass on the cost of building this pipeline to you. This is yet another subsidy for Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC.




FortisBC virtual info sessions

FortisBC is hosting two virtual info sessions this week for Squamish. There will be other info sessions for Coquitlam announced soon.

Can you attend and ask FortisBC why they are recklessly putting Squamish residents at risk?

6pm to 7:30pm, Tuesday 17th November
4pm to 5:30pm, Wednesday 18th November



We still need $5,000 to reach our $20K goal.

We have a team of three expert lawyers evaluating whether we have a case to challenge the recent five-year extension for Woodfibre LNG through a judicial review. Our community has raised an amazing $15K in two weeks, but we're still $5K short.

Can you chip in so we can continue to fight Woodfibre LNG?

Please consider making a monthly donation to support our critical work to #StopWoodfibreLNG.

With a resounding thank you to the 158 supporters that have chipped in so far!

We don't want to spend another five years fighting this terrible project that will increase fracking and lock us into 40 years of climate-destroying pollution. Please chip in if you can. If we can stop Woodfibre LNG, we also stop FortisBC's pipeline.


If you have friends or family that live along the pipeline route, please share this email with them, and encourage them to get informed and take action.

We'll have more info for you soon.

Tracey Saxby

Executive Director, My Sea to Sky


My Sea to Sky is incredibly proud and grateful to say that we rely on the My Sea to Sky community for small donations that provide the majority of our funding. Since our launch in 2014, we have been funded through personal savings, family and friends; and powered by the passion of our volunteers. Your generous contribution will help us to run our critical campaigns to defend, protect, and restore Howe Sound. Can you chip in?

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  • Frank Sterle Jr.
    commented 2020-12-04 15:09:26 -0800
    It seems that just the concept of economic stimulation and job growth induces euphoria for many who are gratuitously wealthy or ardently theocratic, with former PM Stephen Harper and current Alberta premier Jason Kenney being examples of the latter.

    (I picture Homer Simpson with his head tilted back, mouth open and tongue hanging aside, as he drools over the thought of an all-you-can-eat barbeque rib buffet.)

    We also read this mentality in, for example, Donald (What, me worry?) Trump’s unending tweets proclaiming how there will be a great “creation of JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”—though whether they’d be actual or just political and wishful is another matter.

    The usual trade-off, of course, is big business’s destruction and max-exploitation of laborers, resources, and natural environment. (Fossil fuel extraction, including the thick and even toxic mess it leaves behind, is euphemistically referred to as the “energy sector,” even by the corporate news-media.)

    It seems as though to have a regular livable-wage job thus reliable food and shelter in contemporary society is increasingly being considered to be a privilege, especially by the faithfully conservative and superfluously rich.

    To such mega-money-minded men, ‘practical’ (including human and environment friendly) solutions will always be predicated on economic ‘reality,’ the latter which is mostly created and entrenched according to industry interests.

    Indeed, for an elected leader to try reworking this virtual corporate-rule ‘reality’ would seriously risk his/her own governance, however a landslide election victory he/she may have won.
  • Tracey Saxby
    published this page in Updates 2020-11-17 11:11:08 -0800