Stop the Mulligan Madness
FortisBC is proposing to locate a compressor station on Mt Mulligan, roughly 1.8 km from Ravens Plateau, Crumpit Woods, and Valleycliffe. Compressor stations pressurize natural gas so it can move along the pipeline. This compressor station will be powered by three natural gas turbines, and will have a significant impact on the quality of life for people living in Squamish:
AIR QUALITY CONCERNS
FortisBC's compressor station will emit 27,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants into Squamish’s air from three gas-powered turbines at the proposed Mount Mulligan compressor station, located 2.6 km from the Valleycliffe Elementary School.
Greenhouse gases and air pollution from gas-powered compressor stations can have severe human health impacts such as increased asthma and other respiratory symptoms. Children and the elderly are most at risk.
BC Hydro is willing to service the proposed FortisBC compressor station site with electricity to avoid this air pollution and human health impacts, however FortisBC has chosen not to power the compressor station with electricity. This is unacceptable.
Location of this high-pressure natural gas pipeline and compressor station threatens the safety of Valleycliffe residents, with two schools in or near the 3 km evacuation boundary.
An explosion or fire at the compressor station or along the pipeline puts the surrounding forest and neighbourhood at risk from wildfire.
In a dry summer, a malfunction or spark will result in an immediate wildfire of about 16 hectares. In these same dry conditions, we expect this wildfire to reach Valleycliffe homes in less than 15 minutes. This time is reduced to less than 5 minutes with a southerly wind.
There is only one access road in and out of Valleycliffe. How does FortisBC plan to evacuate this entire neighbourhood in a worst-case scenario explosion?
DRINKING WATER IMPACTS
FortisBC's compressor station on Mt Mulligan is proposed within our community watershed. MetroVancouver would never allow this kind of infrastructure in their watershed as they recognize that it is important to protect our drinking water sources.
In the event of a worst-case scenario, the drinking water infrastructure for all of Squamish is vulnerable. Powerhouse springs wellfield (the primary water source for all of Squamish), the existing chlorine station, and the preferred surface water backup are all within 1.6 kilometers of the proposed compressor station.
All possible threats from this compressor station need to be considered carefully. We need to make sure that this compressor station is moved away from our homes and our schools, out of our watershed, and that it is powered by electricity to reduce air pollution issues. Our community and our children deserve to be safe, and to have access to clean air and water.
Write a letter to FortisBC and ask them to do the right thing:
1) Move the compressor station away from our homes and our schools
2) Move the compressor station out of our watershed
3) Power the compressor station using electricity to avoid local air pollution and human health impacts