In 2011, Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc. (Quicksilver) looked to Communica to provide stakeholder and Aboriginal engagement, communication and information management support services for the BC environmental assessment for the Fortune Creek Gas Plant (the Project) application.
The Project is proposed to be built in the north east corner of BC, about 110 kilometres north of Fort Nelson, and would process up to 600 million cubic feet of natural gas every day when fully developed. A variety of audiences were involved in the engagement process for the Project, including Aboriginal groups, trappers, local governments, residents, landowners, business owners and local not for profit organizations.
On October 9, 2013, following a successful environmental assessment process, the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) for the Project.
From the outset of project planning and design, Communica provided support to Quicksilver as it worked through the complex regulatory process set-out by the BC EAO. For nearly three years, Communica became an integrated member of the Quicksilver Project team offering services both in the field and in Quicksilver’s Calgary office. Some of the services that Communica provided to Quicksilver included:
- Development of a comprehensive communication strategy.
- Development and facilitation of Consultation Plans for Treaty 8 First Nations, Aboriginal communities outside of Treaty 8 and the public.
- Development and review of various regulatory documents including segments of the draft Application Information Requirements.
- Coordination of five open houses.
- Development of a variety of communication materials including display boards, fact sheets and newsletters.
- Tracking and managing all engagement activities and records of contact.
- Quicksilver received its EAC for the Project from the BC EAO on October 9, 2013.
- Engagement efforts were considered satisfactory and a hearing was avoided.
- Quicksilver continues to maintain good relationships with stakeholders and Aboriginal communities in the Project area.
“The Communica team was integral to the regulatory success of the Fortune Creek Gas Plant. Communica integrated seamlessly into our project team and provided sound and timely counsel, specifically on public and First Nations consultation thresholds and the development of communication materials. Whether it was taking minutes at a working group meeting, developing key pieces of our application for the BC EAO or planning the logistics and executing a smooth open house, Communica’s behind the scenes support was as essential as their facilitation of face-to-face engagement activities.”
– David Rushford, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc.