Order SLM-002-2017 to Westcoast Energy Inc., carrying on business as Spectra Energy Transmission (Westcoast) pursuant to section 51.1 the National Energy Board Act

Order SLM-002-2017 to Westcoast Energy Inc., carrying on business as Spectra Energy Transmission (Westcoast) pursuant to section 51.1 the National Energy Board Act [PDF 72 KB]

INSPECTION OFFICER ORDER NO. SLM-002-2017

IN THE MATTER OF THE NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD ACT,
AN ORDER UNDER SECTION 51.1

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is employed by Westcoast Energy Inc., carrying on business as Spectra Energy Transmission (Westcoast), and/or is a person conducting an excavation or construction on or near a facility located at Chetwynd, British Columbia.

On 26 August 2017 , the undersigned National Energy Board Inspection Officer conducted an inspection at WCS-10 Tributary to Moberly River 55.814522 -122.165859 and WCS-16 Highrise Creek at 55.767084 -122.214498.

The Inspection Officer has reasonable grounds to believe:

  1. The access bridges over the two watercourse crossings have not been constructed according to specification drawings, and may not be safe for large equipment, pipe and people to cross;
  2. The “Riparian Management Areas” have not been adequately protected from rutting and general disturbance; and
  3. Sediment and erosion control measures at each watercourse crossing is not adequate.

Based on the above mentioned, the inspection officer has reasonable grounds to believe that a hazard to the safety or security of the public, or employees of a company or a detriment to property or the environment is being or will be caused by the construction, operation, maintenance or abandonment of the pipeline, or excavation activity or construction of a facility as per 49(2)(a).

Therefore, Information not available is HEREBY ORDERED,
pursuant to subsections 51.1(1) and 51.1(2) of the National Energy Board Act, to

 X take measures specified below for guarding the safety or security of the public or employees or protecting property or the environment
 X  Suspend work until the hazard or detrimental situation has been remedied to the satisfaction of the inspection officer; or the order is stayed or rescinded by the Board

Specified Measures: Westcoast shall:

  1. Stop travel on the span bridges located at WCS-10 Tributary to the Moberly River, and WCS-16 Highrise Creek;
  2. Stop travel on the wooden access ramp across WCS-16 Highrise Creek and remove as soon as practicable;
  3. Provide written confirmation from a Professional Engineer that the span bridges located at WCS-10 and WCS-16 meet the requirements of Spectra Energy Drawing No. 22 Typical Temporary Bridge-Portable, and that it is safe to transport sidebooms and the 42” section of pipe to be installed at each watercourse; and
  4. Correct all non-compliances at each watercourse with reference to requirements specified in the High Pine Expansion Project Environmental Protection Plan, dated 2 August 2016.
26 August 2017 Inspection – South Pipeline Loop Watercourses
Reference: EPP, Table 7-7 & Environmental Alignment Sheets
# KP Name Riparian Management Area
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Resources, Requirements and Hazards Observed Non-Compliances
WCS-10 8.9 Tributary to Moberly River 40
(80 total)
  • Caribou herd range
  • The riparian management area will be flagged prior to construction
  • Install clear span bridge
  • Fish bearing watercourse
  • RAP from  15 to August 15
  • Avoid harm to fish and fish habitat
  • Rescue fish prior to crossing
  • Keep RoW clearing as narrow as possible within the riparian zone and disturbance in the riparian area disturbance should be minimized
  • Disturbance and clearing minimized
  • Discharge water 50 m away from watercourse and prevent erosion
  • Gaps will be left in strippings at wildlife trails
  • Apply seed mix to minimize erosion
  • For bank stabilization, soft engineering is preferred over riprap armoring to facilitate natural channel processes. On steep banks utilize brush layering or geo-grid system to stabilize soil. If stream banks must be armored, install live dormant posts of will or dogwood between riprap and through an underlying geotextile cloth at a prescribed density
  • High or severe erosion risk and tion, wildlife habitat and sensitive areas
  • Avoid and minimize caribou hpriority area for installation of sediment barriers
  • Weed management required
  • Lessen disturbance to vegetaabitat loss and restore on-site then monitor for effectiveness
  • Silt fence does not meet compliance to specification Spectra Energy Drawing No. 1
  • Clean granular material has not been used to construct the temporary bridge as required by specification Spectra Energy Drawing No. Drawing 22
  • Metal supporting posts for the bridge abutment are leaning out
  • The wooden matts used for the construction of the abutments are broken and leaning out
  • Exposed soil is in the channel and banks of the watercourse from equipment operating through the creek
  • Two sediment laden, non-woven geotextile fabric piles (deleterious material) located within the Riparian Management Area (RMA) have not been removed
  • Large trees within the RMA, and not in the work area have been cut down
  • Topsoil piles have not been marked/flagged
  • At the marked wildlife trails, access has not been maintained through the soil piles
  • Trees have been cut up to 11 m off of the right-of-way near wildlife trails
  • Rutting up to 60 cm deep through the creek on the west limit of the right-of-way
  • Broken wooden matts on site

 

WCS-16 15.1 Highrise Creek 50
(100 total)
  • Caribou herd range
  • The riparian management area will be flagged prior to construction
  • Limit clearing dimensions and reduce disturbance to vegetation
  • Temporary workspace will be reduced
  • Install clear span bridge
  • Fish bearing watercourse
  • Avoid harm to fish and fish habitat
  • Rescue fish prior to crossing
  • Keep RoW clearing as narrow as possible within the riparian zone and disturbance in the riparian area disturbance should be minimized
  • Clearly stake and/or flag sensitive areas like old forest
  • Disturbance and clearing minimized to blade width or 20 m
  • Avoid felling trees into old forest
  • Discharge water 50 m away from watercourse and prevent erosion
  • Potentially unstable trench
  • Apply seed mix to minimize erosion
  • For bank stabilization, soft engineering is preferred over riprap armoring to facilitate natural channel processes. On steep banks utilize brush layering or geo-grid system to stabilize soil. If stream banks must be armored, install live dormant posts of will or dogwood between riprap and through an underlying geotextile cloth at a prescribed density
  • Lessen disturbance to vegetation, wildlife habitat and sensitive areas
  • Avoid and minimize caribou habitat loss and restore on-site then monitor for effectiveness
  • Silt fencing does not meet compliance to specification Spectra Energy Drawing No. 1
  • Clean granular material has not been used to construct the temporary bridge as required by specification Spectra Energy Drawing No. Drawing 22
  • Ramp across the watercourse does not have a culvert, and has not been constructed as required by specification Spectra Energy Drawing No. 21
  • Metal supporting post for the bridge abutment is leaning out
  • The wooden matts used for the construction of the abutments are leaning out
  • Large trees within the RMA, and off right-of-way have been cut and felled into the old forest stand
  • Broken wooden matts on site
  • Garbage on site
  • Rutting in the RMA to 30 cm deep
Inspection Officer
Inspection Officer  


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Signature
IO Designation #1680
 
Date 27 August 2017
517 10th Avenue SW Calgary AB  T2R 0A8
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