NOVA Gas Transmission (NGTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada PipeLines Limited (TransCanada), is proposing to construct, own and operate the West Path Delivery project to supply southwest Alberta and connected downstream markets with natural gas produced in Western Canada.
Since spring 2017, we’ve been talking with the community about the project. Along with your feedback, the route option considerations, potential socio-economic impacts, environmental and land considerations as well as many other factors have all played an important part in our planning.
In early February 2018, we filed an application with the National Energy Board and hope to begin construction by June 2019.
Our stakeholders have varied interests and simply can’t be bundled into one category. We’ve talked with landowners, nearby residents and businesses, Aboriginal groups, associations, community centres and more. We’ve also connected with municipalities to identify others that may have an interest in the West Path Delivery.
As a result, basic project details continue to be provided to all stakeholders — but to answer as many questions as possible, we also engage with people as needed through face-to-face meetings, phone calls, presentations, etc.
If you have a question about the project, visit our Contact page. We would be happy to hear from you.
|June - July 2017||
Initial community engagement
Ongoing studies and surveys on project feasibility and impacts
First open house
|October - November 2017||
Selected route announced following public consultation and studies
Second open house
Project application submitted to the National Energy Board
|April-June 2019||Commence pipeline and compressor station construction (pending regulatory approval)|
Pipeline and compressor station construction complete and in service (anticipated)
In recent months we have been talking to the community about NGTL’s proposed West Path Delivery project, asking for your thoughts and concerns on two potential route options. Based on your feedback and other factors like socio-economic considerations, archeological and cultural values, environment, land use compatibility, and safety and constructability, we have determined that Route A is the preferred path (see updated map).
This route runs parallel to an existing pipeline utility corridor for about 6 km through Cochrane and continues south through Rocky View County for another 15 km, also paralleling existing infrastructure where feasible to minimize impacts to land and the environment.
NGTL contributed $1.65M in property taxes to the region in 2016, and West Path will generate an additional $142,000 in property taxes once built
$115,000 invested in regional community since 2000
Will create hundreds of jobs for local businesses and suppliers
TransCanada is committed to protecting the environment.
As part of project planning and development, TransCanada has prepared an Environmental and Socioeconomic Assessment (ESA). We have collected data on a number of environmental elements including, but not limited to, soils and terrain, wildlife and wildlife habitat, vegetation and wetlands, fish and fish habitat, heritage resources, air emissions and acoustic environment, and socioeconomic considerations such as land and resource use, infrastructure and services, and social and cultural well-being.
In addition, an Environmental Protection Plan (EPP) has been developed to identify the necessary environmental protection measures to be implemented for the Project, which ensure responsible construction and results in a return to equivalent land capability.
The proposed Project will deliver well-designed and constructed infrastructure that provides short-term and long-term economic benefits and strengthens the economy on a local, provincial and national level.
Employment Opportunities — Construction will require the services of equipment operators, welders, mechanics, truck drivers, labourers and more.
Business Opportunities — Pipeline construction will create demand for local goods and services, including food and accommodation, hardware, industrial parts, automotive parts and servicing, fuel and more.
Annual Revenue to Support Local Services — Project construction will result in tax payments to municipal, provincial and federal governments. When the Project is operational, annual tax payments will help support schools and hospitals, emergency services, recreation facilities, recycling programs and other local programs vital to sustaining communities.
Investments in Local Communities — Through our engagement with local communities, we will identify areas where we can help build stronger, more vibrant communities through initiatives with community partnerships in the areas of safety, community and environment.
The West Path Delivery Project is governed according to regulations outlined by the National Energy Board (NEB).
Hard copies of the projects application in English can also be found at the following locations:
Cochrane Public Library
405 Railway Street West
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m.
Sheep River Library
129 Main Street
Turner Valley, AB
Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pincher Creek Municipal Library
899 Main Street
Pincher Creek, AB
Monday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 12 to 4 p.m.
Documents and Maps
The WB XPress Project will significantly improve the service and flexibility of interstate natural gas delivery, while bringing jobs and opportunities for workers in Virginia and West Virginia.
The project will see the construction of 2.9 miles (4.7 km) of new pipeline, 2 compressor stations and the replacement of 26 miles (41.8 km) of existing pipeline. Explore the map below.
We’re here to answer your questions. For general questions you can contact us by email, but for a quicker response, please call us directly.
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|A key component in maintaining the integrity of our facilities is input from all stakeholders: Indigenous communities, landowners and governments. If you have questions or concerns, please let us know.|