Transmountain pipeline update, July 2020

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE
PREPARATORY WORK AND PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION
TRANS MOUNTAIN EXPANSION PROJECT
LOWER MAINLAND, BC
AUGUST 2020 – DECEMBER 2022*

Trans Mountain plans to begin pipeline construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in the Lower Mainland, BC, between Langley (west of 232 Street) and Burnaby (Burnaby Terminal), subject to necessary approvals and permits.

Construction will be completed in a series of phased activities along the Project route through Langley, Surrey, Coquitlam and Burnaby starting as early as August 2020.* 

Your patience is appreciated as we work diligently to minimize any disruptions or inconvenience associated with construction-related work. 

*Timelines are subject to change and start of work is subject to necessary approvals and permits. As some approvals may require a longer lead time, Trans Mountain is notifying affected parties now regarding these activities. Further details including updates regarding timing of activities will be posted on our website at transmountain.com prior to the work commencing. Please check our website regularly and sign up to receive construction updates to stay up-to-date.

Trans Mountain’s first priority is the health and safety of our workforce, their families and our communities. In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Trans Mountain and our construction contractors for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project have been working diligently together to ensure adherence to all advice and direction from government and health officials, both provincially and federally. For more information on our COVID-19 response plan, visit transmountain.com/covid19.  

PREPARATORY WORK
 
Schedule:

Preparing the Right-of-Way, Temporary Worksite and Access Points
There are a number of steps involved in preparing the right-of-way, temporary worksite and access points for the arrival of construction crews and equipment, including tree removals, flagging and installing temporary infrastructure. They include:

  • BC One Call, locating and marking of all buried facilities
  • Surveying
  • Flagging and staking the right-of-way and any temporary worksite required for construction
  • Installation of signage and traffic detours
  • Clearing trees and vegetation from pre-approved areas essential for construction
  • Disposing of unsalvageable timber, such as branches, tree limbs or shrubs left behind from clearing

Utility Locates
Trans Mountain and its contractors will be locating existing underground utilities and conducting land surveying along the Project route between Langley and Burnaby. Small potholes will be made at targeted locations using a hydrovac truck and/or hand excavation. This work will help confirm construction techniques planned in these areas.
 
WHAT YOU MAY NOTICE
During the course of pre-construction activities, the public may notice:

  • Hand digging and/or hydrovac excavation
  • Asphalt cutting and paving/patching
  • Associated intermittent construction-type noise
  • Site surveying at multiples points
  • Potential for temporary interruptions to traffic flow while work is underway

The following measures will be in place to ensure Trans Mountain maintains a safe work environment while minimizing impacts to the public and the environment:

  • Activities will mainly take place between 7 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday
  • No work is planned on SaturdaySunday, and statutory holidays
  • Dust control measures will be in place
  • Site-specific traffic management plans, traffic control signage and flagging will be used to minimize impacts to the traveling public
  • Survey and hydrovac locations will be restored to original function following completion of the studies

 CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES

 General Construction Schedule:



Stockpile sites and construction yards
Trans Mountain activated seven sites in the Lower Mainland to support construction-related activity. These sites are being used for:

  • Delivery and storage of construction materials and equipment, including stockpiling and staging of pipe
  • Installation of temporary office buildings or trailers to support construction crews building the pipeline and associated facilities
  • Transportation of materials and equipment to and from the site
  • Temporary office space and parking

Utility Relocation
In some areas, where new right-of-way areas are required, Trans Mountain will work collaboratively with appropriate 3rd parties to relocate utilities. This should not impact your services but you may see work crews in your area.
 
Typical Pipeline Construction**
Once clearing is complete and access to the right-of-way has been established, crews will perform a series of steps within the construction footprint to facilitate installation of pipe in the ground:

  • Remove topsoil and grade the surface to prepare for the arrival of bigger equipment and delivery of pipe segments
  • Remove pipe from delivery trucks and lay down along right-of-way
  • Weld pipe segments together and apply a protective coating
  • Perform non-destructive examinations to ensure quality of welds
  • Dig a trench and lower in pipe sections
  • Backfill the trench to bed and protect the pipe
  • Clean up and restoration activities, including replacing any topsoil and replanting vegetation.

**specific construction steps may differ depending on the construction methodology
 
Where the pipeline crosses a body of water, one of three methods of construction will be used. The techniques for each are site-specific:

  • Isolated method
    • The stream is temporarily dammed and rerouted through temporary pumps or using piping often referred to as a flume. The pipe is then installed using conventional construction techniques before the dam is removed and the stream returned to its normal flow path. Great care is taken to preserve the environmental features around the stream, such as the wildlife and aquatic habitat within the riparian zone.
  • Trenchless method
  • This method leaves the bed and banks relatively undisturbed. A trenchless method is used to drill under the watercourse, creating a path to pull the pipe back through. Trenchless methods are only possible in the right geotechnical conditions and require special environmental measures to be put in place.
  • Open-cut method
  • If the other techniques cannot be used for environmental or geotechnical reasons, an open-cut crossing of the watercourse will be used. Open-cut watercourse crossings trench directly through the watercourse following the conventional construction methodology.
  • Engineering feasibility assessments and appropriate environmental studies have been completed to determine the most suitable crossing techniques to be used at each water crossing. Regulatory guidelines and standards will apply to all crossing methods, as will appropriate erosion and sediment control measures to ensure the safety of the body of water. Trans Mountain conducts all work under its Environmental Protection and Pipeline Protection Programs to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and requirements.

Learn more about pipeline construction and watercourse crossings at transmountain.com/building-a-pipeline
 
Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and Direct Pipe (DP)




Trenchless construction techniques are used where the pipeline crosses roads and railways, for select watercourse crossings and in places with restricted workspace, such as in some urban or residential areas. The HDD technique involves setting up a drill rig on one side of the crossing and equipment along the drill path. The pipe is assembled and welded on the opposite side of the drill setup, with the pipe string connected to the drill assembly and pulled back through the drill path. The DP technique involves setting up a drill rig on one side of the crossing with the drill head advancing the drill path and the pipe sequentially welded and inserted as the drill head advances. For more information on trenchless construction methods, please visit: transmountain.com/trenchless-construction
 
Where the pipeline is installed within a road, the road will be reinstated upon completion of construction. The majority of road crossings in the Lower Mainland will be installed using Guided Auger Boring – a trenchless construction technique to minimize impacts to residents and commuters. This technique involves digging a hole where a boring machine can sit level with the depth where the pipe will be installed under the road. The boring machine is then used to bore under the road. Finally, the length of assembled pipe is threaded through the hole. Conventional pipeline construction will take place on either side of the road crossing.
 
Performing a Hydrostatic Test
Before the pipeline is ready to transport oil, a hydrostatic test is performed. A hydrostatic test is a way pipelines can be tested for strength. The test involves filling the pipeline with water and increasing pressure of the pipe to the specified test pressure. Any weakness will be identified through this test and rectified prior to putting the pipeline in service. Hydrostatic testing is a common method employed for testing pipelines.
 
Valve Installations
Valves are installed at intermediate locations along the pipeline route as required by the pipeline design and the Canadian Standards Association pipeline code. The valves are used once the pipeline is operational to shut off or isolate segments of the pipeline. Valve installation will take place along the pipeline route once hydrostatic testing is completed.
 
WHAT YOU MAY NOTICE
During the course of construction activities, the public may notice:

  • Construction equipment, vehicles, and workers along the pipeline corridor and temporary worksites
  • Increased activity and intermittent construction noise in proximity to worksites
  • Construction signage
  • Additional directed lighting along the pipeline corridor and worksites
  • Traffic delays or increase in volumes due to construction activities along traffic routes in the pipeline communities

Trans Mountain’s goal is to maintain safe work environments and minimize any impacts of construction activities to the public and the environment. When work commences, the following measures will be in place to manage impacts:

  • Hours of work:
    • Typical work hours will be between 7 am and 7 pm Monday to Saturday. Work may occur outside of this timeframe, subject to approvals and permits
    • No work is anticipated on Sunday or any statutory holidays, however, in some locations extended hours of work or night shifts may be required
  • Contractors will work in accordance with Trans Mountain’s Noise Management Plans, as approved by the Canada Energy Regulator
  • Some Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) activities may require continuous 24/7 construction and will be conducted under applicable Noise Management Plans (Condition 74) approved by the
  • Canada Energy Regulator
  •  Lighting will be directed only on areas of work for worker safety
  • Dust from construction traffic will be controlled using best industry practices, including water trucks and street sweepers
  • Tree and vegetation removal work will comply with applicable regulations and necessary approvals
  • Registered professional foresters and certified arborists will be on-site as needed
  • Work will be monitored by Environmental Inspectors and Indigenous Monitors
  •  Temporary closures or limited access of recreational trails
  • Traffic Management:
    • Construction-related traffic will follow site-specific traffic management plans to minimize impacts
    • Trans Mountain’s Traffic and Access Control Management Plan was submitted to the Canada Energy Regulator as required by Condition 73 for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
    • Access to residential, business and recreational areas will be maintained at all times. Traffic control measures could include temporary lane closures, use of flag persons and other measures to minimize impacts to local traffic flow
    • Construction vehicles will not occupy off-site public parking spaces

Trans Mountain conducts all work under its Environmental Protection and Pipeline Protection Programs to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and requirements. The public’s patience is appreciated as we work to minimize any disruptions or inconvenience associated with construction activities.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 
 
As part of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, extensive work has been conducted to determine environmental impacts and mitigation measures to reduce those impacts. Our goal is to protect the environment, have as little impact as possible and, where we do have an impact, ensure we return the land to a similar function. 
 
We completed field studies between 2012 and 2018 along the proposed pipeline corridor studying a wide range of environmental features, including wildlife, fisheries, plants, species at risk or species of special status, soils, heritage resources, traditional land use and air and greenhouse gas emissions. Following the field studies, we conducted extensive analysis to predict the effects associated with the Project, including those that could be caused by construction, operations, decommissioning or abandonment, as well as potential incidents and malfunctions. The information and analysis were used to develop our comprehensive Environmental Protection Plans. 
 
Mitigation strategies for avoiding or reducing potential environmental effects will be employed at all stages of the Project. For more information about environmental mitigation methods and our Environmental Protection Plans, visit transmountain.com/environmental-protection-plans

AREA MAP
Lower Mainland pipeline construction (Langley, west of 232 Street, to Burnaby Terminal, Burnaby, BC). To view an interactive map of the Project click here

Learn more about construction in your area and sign up for updates at
transmountain.com

For more information please contact:
info@transmountain.com
1.866.514.6700

In the event of a pipeline emergency or to report odours, call 24 hours 1.888.876.6711

Hidden Heroes

Do you know someone who should be nominated as a Hidden Hero in our community?

The office of our MP, Ken Hardie, has been searching for Hidden Heroes in our community. The criteria that the office has set out includes:

*   Nominators must be from Fleetwood-Port Kells riding, which includes Fraser Heights
*   The nominee should have done something outstanding in the 2020 Calendar year.
*   All applications must include a letter from the nominator detailing the contributions of the nominee as they relate to the Hidden Heroes award.
*   Follow Facebook and Instagram throughout August to see the Hidden Heroes honored every Friday. And when the pandemic is under control, we’ll be looking for opportunities to celebrate our amazing neighbors together.

Please take a look at our MP’s website at  https://khardie.liberal.ca/page/hidden-hero/ that details the kind of Hidden Heroes that the team is looking for.

It’s time to honor those in Fleetwood-Port Kells who have worked tirelessly for our community, whether they be a long-time dedicated volunteer, passionate coach, or teacher who puts in countless extra hours. It is also an opportunity to honor the front lines workers of the COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps a home care worker, a nurse, a grocery store clerk, someone in a small shop – someone who has done more because they care – they are the Hidden Heroes we want to reward.

Deadline for submissions: July 30th, 2020 at midnight

If you have a nomination, please call Ken Hardie’s office at 604 501 5900 or email at ken.hardie.c1@parl.gc.ca.

Block Watch meeting and application form

For those who missed the virtual meeting on Block Watch and ways we can increase safety in Fraser Heights, you can now listen in to the meeting on the link below

https://zoom.us/rec/share/uNVLMpXZx2dLRM_m0kOHeJEdF7rnaaa8hiUf_aVcn06Tx2vky9bmi7MCW7gd6GCE
Password: 5d?71PRe 

If you are interested in leading a Block Watch group in your area, you can get a Captain’s Application form by emailing Lindsay Wiebe in the Surrey RCMP Community Programs at lindsay.wiebe@surrey.ca.

Together, we can keep our neighbourhood as an attractive, inclusive, and safe place to live.

RCMP May update for Fraser Heights

Update from Sergeant Mike Spencer,Guildford/Fleetwood Community Response Unit, RCMP.

I hope that everyone in Fraser Heights who I have come to know over the past couple of years are coping well during these trying times.

I have just finished going over the results of the March and April statistics for Fraser Heights, and I thought I would share the findings with you.  Please feel free to share them with anyone in Fraser Heights who might be interested in them.  I have tried to break them down to make sense to anyone reading them, while painting an accurate picture… without going into so much detail that people stop reading (a problem I often create!!)

I have also attached to this the Surrey RCMP’s 2019 Report to the Community, which was literally just released to the public today. (Note: this could not be attached, but if you are interested in a copy, please email: Surrey_Webmaster@rcmp-grc.gc.ca with the subject line: 2019 Report to the Community).
You can also make this document available to everyone in Fraser Heights, if you feel so inclined.


As far as the statistics go for Fraser Heights over the full two calendar months of March & April, 2020, there was the following reported to the Surrey RCMP:

A total of two (2) Residential B&E’s were reported

  • One was to an unoccupied new house under construction where the suspect was scared off by an alarm system and fled immediately after tripping it.  Nothing was stolen.  The other was a male who literally walked into an unlocked basement door during the evening, spoke to the person in the house, and then left.   It is unclear to the homeowner and the Surrey RCMP if this person was confused, suffering from mental issues, or actually looking to commit a crime in the house.  There was a time delay in this being reported to the RCMP and police were unable to locate and question the subject of complaint.

A total of four (4) Cars were reported stolen from Fraser Heights

  • Two of these cars were stolen with keys – one of the sets of keys being found by the suspect when he broke into the car next to it in the same driveway.   Of the four stolen cars, two were recovered in Ridge Meadows, and another was recovered in Abbotsford.   The RCMP Forensic Unit located fingerprints in two of these vehicles upon recovery and the investigations for those are ongoing.  None of these cars had any anti-theft devices being used, other than the two that were stolen with keys – unfortunately the built-in anti-theft device in these cars are thwarted when the suspect is able to use the keys.

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Fraser Heights Park Garden Initiative

Fraser Heights Park Garden Initiative

Park Partnerships

May – November 2020

Purpose:             

The City of Surrey is seeking community members who would like the opportunity to use the self-watering garden plots at Fraser Heights Park for personal gardening.

Program details:

  • There are 12 self-watering garden plots located between the tennis courts and the Fraser Heights Community Centre.
  • 10 of these plots will be for individual gardening. We suggest that each family involved oversee 2 plots for personal gardening.
  • 2 garden plots that will be for communal garden use with the intention of donation to the food bank. Each gardener will be responsible for contributing to the maintenance of the communal garden plots.
  • Each gardener will sign a one-year agreement in order to garden.

Fees:

No fees will be collected for participation in the 2020 growing season.

Supplies:

  • City of Surrey Parks will supply seeds, garden gloves, as well as a hose & water connection to the building.
  • Gardeners will supply personal gardening tools and ongoing supplies for garden plot maintenance.

Interested? What do you need to do?

If you are interested in gardening at this site, please fill out the application form on the City of Surrey web page (in the Fraser Heights Park Community Garden Opportunity section):

https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/7108.aspx and email it to partnersinparks@surrey.ca.  Because space is limited and to keep the process fair, the first 5 families to sign up will be given a spot at the garden.

May 6 meeting deferred

The Fraser Heights Community Association is deferring its next general meeting.

The meeting was scheduled for:

Date:    May 6 2020
Time:    7:00 PM
Place:   Fraser Heights Secondary School Auditorium

Since meetings at the school in April or May have been cancelled, the Community Association meeting will have to be deferred until June or later at a date TBD.

An email notice will be sent out once a date has been determined.

RCMP update

Update from Sgt Mike Spencer of the RCMP:

Hello Fraser Heights,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Holiday – and I hope that you are able to have a relaxing, enjoyable Christmas with friends and family.

It seems like it has been a while since our last ‘chat’ at the FHCA in September and I look forward to our next one in January.  In the meantime, I will leave you with some important information that will hopefully help everyone have a safe holiday, and beyond.

Although Fraser Heights has been relatively ‘quiet’ for the past little while (don’t worry, I’m knocking on wood), we have seen a couple of ‘annual’ trends in other parts of the city that could easily find their way into neighbourhoods like yours.

Evening Residential Break & Enters – literally only a couple, however another part of the city has seen this somewhat rare occurrence crop up.  We are obviously very alive to the fact that this is a rare M/O for Property Thieves to use and we are doing everything we can to keep our thumbs on the pulse of it.  Fraser Heights has been victimized in the past with these types of crimes, so I would encourage you to take all of the usual measures that I speak of regularly at our meetings.

Theft from Auto where the Garage Door Opener is targeted – this is a trend that has surfaced in a different part of the city, however given the previous problems that we have had with TFA’s in Fraser Heights, I think this would be an excellent time to remind everyone about how susceptible their vehicle is when it is left unattended – whether it’s in your driveway overnight, or in the parking lot of a mall… if you leave valuables in your vehicle, you are risking them being incentive to have your car broken into and these items (among others) stolen.   This is a crime of opportunity – so let’s spend valuable seconds each day to take away their opportunity !!

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Rogers cell towers – withdrawal of proposal

As you are probably aware, Rogers Communications applied to place cellular antennas in our community. After significant opposition was raised by the community and as was discussed at our September meeting, your executive followed up with the City of Surrey to confirm what next steps would be. We also followed up with Rogers, who to date has not replied.

Below is an email thread between the Fraser Heights Community Association and the City of Surrey. It is self explanatory regarding Rogers’ withdrawal of the proposal.

Thanks to all that participated. It is through action from our residents that your Community Association remains strong.

Sincerely,

Ed MacIntosh, President

Fraser Heights Community Association

 

 

From: “Neuman, Scott” <SNeuman@surrey.ca>

Subject: RE: Rogers Antenna Status: 157 Street @ 110 Avenue

Date: October 4, 2019 at 4:27:23 PM PDT

To: Edward MacIntosh

Cc: “Costanzo, Robert” <RACostanzo@surrey.ca>, FHCA Directors <Directors@fhca.ca>

 

Hi Ed

Thank you for reaching out to me. Continue Reading →

RCMP update

Below is an update received from Sgt Mike Spencer of the RCMP, who was at our last general meeting.

 

I know that we don’t have another FHCA meeting until the new year, so I’m hoping that you will help me reach out to the Fraser Heights residents with some information I would like to share with them.

For starters, there were a couple of questions that I had been asked at the September FHCA meeting that I was unable to answer at the time, and I would like to provide feedback to those.

Question #1)Do we still experience problems with Marijuana Grow Operations in Fraser Heights?”

As I mentioned at the meeting, I was not personally aware of any ‘problems’ relating to Marijuana grow operations in Fraser Heights (acknowledging that it used to be a significant problem), however I inquired with our Crime Analysts and asked them to provide me with details regarding Grow Op complaints.

  • According to the Crime Analyst I spoke to, we have not received a complaint regarding a Marijuana Grow Operation since 2016.

Question #2)Can you speak to the “ten year” stats?”

Although I was not in a position to confidently speak accurately to the “10 year” stats (the statistics that detail the crime in the city over the past 10 years) while I was presenting at the meeting – but anyone who is interested can see the following:

  • Overall crime (by volume) has been trending downward since 2014. Similarly, the overall crime rate has been trending down over the last decade, despite the increase experienced in 2014. In 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, crime overall (by both volume and rate) decreased from the year previous.
  • The total number of Criminal Code offences in 2018 was below the 10-year average (6% lower). In fact, it is the lowest it has been in the last 10 years.
  • The crime rate decreased 6% from the year previous, and 25% from 2014. The crime rate in 2018 was lower than the 10-year average (16% lower), and the lowest it has been in the last 10 years. It has decreased each year in the last decade (from the year previous), with the exception of the spike in 2014.
  • Surrey’s Crime Severity Index (CSI) has been trending downward since 2009. The 2018 CSI value is down nearly 9% from the year previous and the lowest it has been in the last decade.
  • The Violent Crime Severity Index has also been trending downward over the last 10 years, and despite a small upswing in 2015, reached a 10-year low in 2018. The Non Violent Crime Severity Index has also been trending downward over the last decade.

A detailed version of the ’10 year’ statistics can be found on the Surrey RCMP website at  http://surrey.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2202&languageId=1&contentId=61356

Also of note to Fraser Heights residents, there has been a significant decrease in the number of Theft From Autos over the past month.  In looking over the statistics for the entire City of Surrey, TFA’s continue to be a problem – predominantly around large malls, Skytrain stations, and dense neighbourhoods (all places where cars are routinely parked and left unoccupied).  HOWEVER, the Fraser Heights ‘only’ experienced four (4) of these incidents in the 28 day period commencing September 11th.   It seems obvious to me that our collective efforts are starting to pay off, the most important aspect being that residents are being more diligent than ever at ensuring their doors are locked and their valuables are removed from their vehicles when they are being left unoccupied – even (and especially) when they are parked in their driveway.

This is excellent news and I was actually hesitant to even share it out of fear that it may inadvertently or subconsciously cause some complacency.   Please do not entice these criminals back into your neighbourhood by making them believe that ‘business’ is good again in Fraser Heights.   REMAIN DILIGENT, NEVER ASSUME IT WON’T HAPPEN TO YOU, AND DON’T MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM 🙂

Thanks for caring,

Mike