Woodfibre LNG put on hold

The proposed Woodfibre LNG site near Squamish, B.C.

The environmental review of the Woodfibre LNG project has been suspended.

BC’s Environmental Assessment Office granted the suspension this week after the company asked for more time to review a list of conditions put out by the Squamish Nation if it is to give its support for the project.

According to a report in the Squamish Chief, the review had been set to end July 13.

Some of conditions Squamish Nation wants met include protection of sensitive land and marine habitats, insurance coverage for any spills, explosions, or other accidents, and that the project must fully avoid the Skwelwil’em Wildlife Management Area, among other terms.

The Squamish Nation wants Woodfibre LNG officials to be legally bound to fulfill the conditions before it will endorse the project, according to the report.

It will vote on the project proposal at the end of July, the report states.

The $1.7-billion proposal would liquefy about 2.1 million tonnes of natural gas a year for export over 25 years, and would be built on a former pulp mill site about six kilometres southwest of Squamish.

The proponents say they will continue engaging Squamish Nation and their concerns.

Read the full report and list of conditions in the Squamish Chief here.

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