Dredge pipe removals | Fraser River Pile and Dredge on behalf of Mainland Sand and Gravel

May 6, 2021

Project status
Permit amendment under review

In May 2022, Fraser River Pile and Dredge on behalf of Mainland Sand and Gravel submitted a request to amend PER No. 21-063. The request is to extend the expiry date of the existing permit for works located at the water lot fronting 19909 – 101 Avenue, Langley, British Columbia on lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

As part of the Project and Environmental Review  for the proposed project under the Impact Assessment Act, the proposed project was posted on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry with an opportunity for public comment between May 12 and June 10, 2022.

About the proposed amendment:

An extension to the approved Dredge Pipe Removals (PER No. 21-063) with an expiry date of June 30, 2022 is required as the Applicant was not able to complete the works due to the high demand of the required A-frame support vessel. Under the current permit, the Applicant is removing two 660 millimeter diameter by 100 metre long steel pipes (approximately 30 to 40 metres of each pipe remains within Port Authority jurisdiction).

The Applicant has requested a permit extension to February 28, 2023 to complete the works during safe working conditions (i.e., outside peak freshet). There are no changes to construction activities or the scope of work outlined in the approved permit. 

Permit issued

In June 2021, a project permit was issued to Fraser River Pile and Dredge on behalf of Mainland Sand and Gravel, to remove two, 660 millimeter diameter steel pipes at the former Mainland Sand and Gravel Port Kells Sand Depot located at the water lot fronting 19909 – 101 Avenue, Langley, British Columbia on lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project was approved subject to 26 permit conditions that Fraser River Pile and Dredge must meet to ensure the project does not result in significant adverse environmental effects.

About the project

Fraser River Pile and Dredge on behalf of Mainland Sand and Gravel are proposing to remove two, 660 millimeter diameter steel pipes that were used as part of the sand supply operations at the former Mainland Sand and Gravel Port Kells Sand Depot. The total length of the pipes are approximately 100 meters each. The upland sections of the pipes were removed as part of the site exit requirements in March 2021, with approximately 30 – 40 meters of each pipe remaining within port jurisdiction.

A workboat with an onboard winch will be used to access the tenure during high tide. The winch would be used to raise each section of pipe separately and place them onto pontoons to float them out of the area to an offsite storage location. The pipes are located on the surface of intertidal area and will not require excavation or dredging for removal. No vegetation will be removed during the work.

Work is anticipated to commence after the fisheries sensitive period and will take approximately 2-3 days to complete. All work will be undertaken during regular construction hours.

Contact information

For questions regarding the Project and Environmental Review process, please contact us by email or phone at 604.665.9047.

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