Although camp locations might still change, TransCanada plans to build a worker camp at the west end of Tchesinkut Lake, 16 km south of Burns Lake, for its proposed Coastal GasLink Pipeline project.
Although TransCanada will strive to make the camps self-contained – providing workers with meal service, recreational space such as a games room, exercise facilities and laundry facilities – some services will not be available at the camp. This means that workers may be travelling regularly to neighbouring communities.
Other proposed camps will be located near Vanderhoof; just outside of Lejac; near the Huckleberry Mine road; and near the Shea Creek Forest Service Road.
According to Jacquelynn Benson, a spokesperson for TransCanada, the proposed locations are intended to reduce community disturbances such as traffic increases while also ensuring close proximity to the project.
Coastal GasLink proposes the construction of a natural gas pipeline from near Dawson Creek to near Kitimat, passing south of Burns Lake. The pipeline proponent has all the major permits it needs to start construction.
In July of 2016, LNG Canada announced that due to the challenges of the current global energy market, their joint venture participants needed more time prior to making a final investment decision on their proposed export facility near Kitimat. As a result, construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which would supply gas to their project, has been delayed.
TransCanada expects that LNG Canada will make a final investment decision in 2018.