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According to Coastal GasLink, the work of gas pipeline were completed before the deadline set for the end of the year. (Archive photo)

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TC Energy claims to have entered the history books after completing the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Columbia on time, the first gas pipeline in more than 70 years to connect the coast of Western Canada. /p>

The project began in 2012, but was repeatedly postponed due to protests and blockades by First Nations and environmental groups.

The work which was supposed to cost 6.2 billion dollars has exceeded 14 billion.

670 km long, the gas pipeline connects Dawson Creek in the northeast of the province to Kitimat on the northwest coast. The natural gas it transports will be liquefied and shipped to Asia, to open new markets for Canadian producers.

While the gas pipeline benefits from the support of several elected First Nations officials along its route, it faces opposition from hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en, who claim that their territory was never transferred to the federal government.

Environmental activists have also opposed the construction since its inception. In total, TC Énergie received nearly 70 notices of environmental violations and three fines totaling just under $500,000, issued by the province's Environmental Assessment Office (EAO).

The fines came in response to Coastal GasLink's repeated failures to meet environmental requirements and providing false information in inspection records.< /p>

These requirements stemmed from erosion and sediment control issues during pipeline construction, an outcome that can disrupt wildlife and local flora, notably salmon.

There have been several confrontations on the pipeline sites, some more violent than others. An injunction from the Supreme Court of British Columbia even prohibited opponents from obstructing access to construction sites.

With information from The Canadian Press

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