A pipeline work camp that could house hundreds near Burns Lake will be the subject of an open house Tuesday.
TransCanada plans to construct the camp as part of the Coastal GasLink pipeline which would feed the proposed LNG Canada project in Kitimat.
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is hosting the open house as part of its preliminary review process of the camp and to collect public feedback.
The facility, which would be located 14 kilometres south of Burns Lake near Tchesinkut Lake, would bold up to 600 workers during peak pipeline construction, operate for two years, and be built as early as 2019, subject to LNG Canada’s Final Investment Decision.
Critics of these types of facilities, including the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, say the so-called “man camps” feature a “hyper-masculine” culture which can lead to increased risk of sexual harassment, assault, and violence against Indigenous women.
The open house is scheduled for Tuesday May 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Heritage Room of the Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce.