Dimension lumber for frame construction. Canfor has taken steps to control dust on the portions of the Morice River Forest Service Road for which it is responsible, completing a full calcium application on the Morice River Road up to 27km, North Road, Bymac, and Nadina Mainline out to 44km. (File photo)

Dust control applied to Morice road

Usage increases owing to Coastal GasLink pipeline work

Canfor has taken steps to control dust on the portions of the Morice River Forest Service Road for which it is responsible.

“We’ve completed a full calcium application on the Morice River Road up to 27km, North Road, Bymac, and Nadina Mainline out to 44km. These are the roads that Canfor is active on,” said Canfor official Michelle Ward last week.

The company is also applying water during dry conditions to aid in grading work as well as dust control.

Dust control measures follow comments about dusty conditions from local residents.

“Canfor completed the calcium application on the portion of roads that we are regular users of. Canfor has covered the cost of the work,” said Ward.

Although the road comes under the jurisdiction of the provincial forest, lands, natural resource operations and rural development ministry, it is under lease to Canfor and as such, the company is responsible for maintenance and upkeep.

Industrial use of the road has increased this year due to activity relating to preparations underway to support the start of construction next year of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline which will supply natural gas to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas facility at Kitimat.

Ward said Canfor, in response to dust complaints, added extra water trucks on the lower section of the road beginning in mid-June.

And she did note that Canfor’s use of the road declined for most of July when it closed its Houston mill, part of a company-wide effort to deal with high logging costs and low prices.

“We are in discussion with Coastal Gas Link to coordinate a calcium application on the road,” she said.

Use of the road has picked up this year when Coastal GasLink pipeline construction preparation activity accelerated the end of June.

The company is ramping up construction camp construction and Coastal GasLink contractors began blasting along the pipeline right-of-way in areas where rock formations are located to clear the way for laying and then burying of pipe.

The blasting is taking place along 84km of right of way starting east of Kitimat to approximately 16km north of Morice Lake, Coastal GasLink stated.

“While there will be no permanent road closures required as part of this activity, public access to the Coastal GasLink right of way and a surrounding safety zone will be restricted from approximately June 28 to Dec. 31, 2019,” the company said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Who is or may be running in Stikine in the provincial election

Cullen nomination sparks controversy over NDP equity policy

Citing stability, B.C. Premier calls snap election for Oct. 24

John Horgan meets with Lieutenant Governor to request vote

Witset releases COVID-19 strategy following three confirmed cases

Plan implements strict measures to contain spread of the virus

Meet the 10-year-old girl who grew a pineapple in northern B.C.

Emily Atkins discovers it takes a lot of patience to grow tropical fruit in a temperate climate

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 20 to 26

Rabbit Day, Hobbit Day and One-Hit Wonder Day are all coming up this week

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

Refresh of Liberal government’s agenda comes amid new looming COVID-19 crisis

Lockdowns saw fed spending soar to historic levels in effort to offset pandemic’s blow to Canadians’ livelihoods

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

Most Read