Larger pipe okay for Pacific Trails, says EAO

The Pacific Trails Pipeline has been okayed for a larger pipe diameter to Kitimat.

The Pacific Trails Pipeline has been okayed for a larger pipe.

The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) published a decision note that said that it is acceptable for the pipe to grow from its original proposed 914 mm diameter, to a new 1066.8 mm.

The decision, signed by Derek Sturko, associate deputy minister and executive director, noted that the “EAO is satisfied that the change in diameter does not hold the potential for significant adverse effects.”

The document as said that the EAO believes that this amendment will not impact “asserted Aboriginal rights or treaty rights.”

The decision pointed out that the larger pipe is not in place to increase the flow of gas but rather to reduce friction of gas movement, “and therefore energy usage and operational costs.”