The Coastal GasLink pipeline is proposed to run 23 kilometres south of Houston. A work camp is proposed south of Goosly Falls (also known as Buck Falls) on the Parrott Trail Forest Service Road. Coastal GasLink says the camp will be accessed through the Morice River Road.

Pipeline work camp proposed near Buck Falls

Coastal Gaslink plans for a construction camp 23 km from Houston on the Parrott Trail Forest Service Road, accessed via Morice River Road.

Coastal Gaslink plans a construction camp south of Buck Creek on the Parrott Trail Forest Service Road.

TransCanada communications specialist Jaime Croft says the proposed camp will be accessed through the Morice River Road and is 23 kilometres from downtown Houston.

Construction traffic will travel from the Morice River Road to the Carrier, Roses and Parrott Trail Roads, she said.

Scott Reid, Coastal Gaslink Engineering Coordinator, says the camp will operate for two seasons.

It will start small during forest clearing, and expand to about 1,000 people for pipeline construction, he said.

Reid says the target schedule is to have work camps built in summer 2016 and operating in August 2016.

They plan to bus people in and out of the camps to minimize traffic on the Morice River Road, Reid said.

Camps will have waste management systems, fire suppression, recreational facilities and catering, and they will be wet camps, he said.

“Talking to other projects and camp providers, having dry camps has not worked well. People tend to leave camp more, come into town to find alcohol, and eventually it leads to more drunk driving,” he said.

Councillor Tim Anderson asked how the Morice River Road would be maintained.

Reid said Coastal Gaslink has done road assessments to determine where and how much upgrades are needed prior to construction.

The contractors hired will have an access management plan, which involves notifying people know when traffic will be there, putting up signs, and managing dust.

Croft adds that project representatives will be available to meet with residents about traffic issues before and during construction.

Coastal Gaslink plans to finalize camp locations this fall.

 

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