Gaz Metro pipeline not an environmental concern: study

Anthony Abbondanza
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Natural gas provider to replace 4 km of pipeline along Highway 40 beginning in the spring

Pierre Lefevre of Gaz Metro (right) explaining the project in depth during a government-mandated public consultation on Jan. 14 in Ste. Anne de Bellevue.

A segment of a pipeline to be replaced between Ste. Anne de Bellevue and Kirkland beginning this spring will cause minimal effect on the surrounding environment and population, according to a study commissioned by Gaz Metro.

The replacement of the pipeline along Highway 40 West, as well as the dismantling and construction of valve and gas-reducing pressure stations should have little environmental effect, according to Biofilia’s 198-page report.

Despite the removal of several trees – to make way for the new valve stations roughly 250 metres west of Lee Avenue in Baie D’Urfé and 250 metres west of St. Charles Boulevard in Kirkland – Vincent Clement, co-founder of Biofilia, told concerned residents the only real nuisance may be the relatively-little noise caused by the work during a government-mandated public consultation on Jan. 14 in Ste. Anne de Bellevue.

Gaz Metro will carry the work within the confines of Transport Quebec’s ongoing roadwork in the area.  Work to replace the specific segment of the natural gas pipeline will begin at the intersection of Ste. Marie Road and Morgan Boulevard, run east, crossing Highway 40 at Lee Avenue, and end at a newly-reconfigured gas-reducing pressure station 250 metres west of St. Charles Boulevard.

According to Pierre Lefevre of Gaz Metro, “no MTQ project, no new gas pipeline.”

Lefevre told the Chronicle that while there wasn’t an imminent need for the new pipeline, the fact that a better natural gas network running through the West Island was available made the decision rather easy.

The work, which costs an estimated $9 million, will last roughly three months.

The Jan. 14 public consultation was rather uneventful save for concerns raised by Pointe Claire resident and environmental activist Stella Haley, about possible corrosion to the existing pipeline as well as the idea that Gaz Metro was affiliated with oil distributer Enbridge.

Her concerns were quickly dismissed by Quebec’s largest natural gas provider.

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Organizations: Gaz Metro, Enbridge

Geographic location: Ste, Kirkland, Lee Avenue Baie D’Urfé Marie Road Morgan Boulevard West Island Pointe Claire Quebec

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