Natural gas production in British Columbia dates back to the 1940s. Today, the province produces one-quarter of Canada’s marketable natural gas, or approximately 3.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
The Operating Engineers play a leading part in constructing the pipelines that carry our natural gas to market. We clear and prepare rights-of-way, access roads and storage yards, often in rugged conditions; we dig and backfill the pipeline trenches; and we transport and lay down pipe.
All these jobs need to be done right, for the long-term safety of pipeline maintenance workers and the public. IUOE Local 115 advocates for the use of qualified, experienced labour on all natural gas and oil pipeline projects. It is safe, cost-effective and environmentally responsible for pipeline contractors to employ the highly skilled members of BC and Canadian pipeline unions.
The photos below are from Aecon’s Jackfish Lake pipeline project, which took place in 2016 and 2017.