Why is Woodfibre LNG cleaning up the site?
Woodfibre LNG has been conducting remediation work since 2018 to clean up the remnants of a 100-year-old pulp and paper mill at the site. This has included the removal of approximately 4,000 creosote pilings, hundreds of old tires, and tonnes of rebar and concrete. To date we have spent over $12 million in the cleanup and remediation of the site.
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Who has been involved with the cleanup?
This work will continue to be carried out in partnership with Squamish Nation, as well as local groups and societies where possible, so that local conservation and restoration data is kept up to date.
Woodfibre LNG has significantly advanced rehabilitation works on our century-old industrial site. This work has created over 78,000 person-hours of local employment with contracts awarded to seven regional companies. Over $10 million in contracts have been awarded to Squamish Nation companies.
The cleanup work was carried out by Sukwi7 Contracting Limited Partnership and its subcontractor Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd.
“The Woodfibre pulp mill site was originally known as Swiy’a’at by the peoples of the Skwxwú7mesh or Squamish Nation. Sukwi7 Contracting is very pleased to be working with Woodfibre LNG on this very important project that will clean up the foreshore and marine habitat of the old pulp mill site, located in the waters of Howe Sound and the traditional territory of the Squamish Nation.”Wayne Saunders, Director of Sukwi7 Contracting Limited Partnership
“We are proud to be working with Sukwi7, partners of the Squamish Nation, to undertake this important remediation project in Howe Sound. This work will improve the environment at a historical industrial waterfront site and pave the way for future development.”Steve Hunt, President of Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd.
What have we cleaned up so far?
We have removed approximately 4,000 creosote pilings, over 400 hundred old tires, and 12,500 m3 tonnes of rebar and concrete as well as:
- 20 barge loads of material weighing almost 5,500 tonnes
- Old timber wharf
- Hog fuel unloading dock
- Deep-sea berth and warehouse
- Ferry berth
- Miscellaneous mooring dolphins, steel frames and can buoys
- Abandoned rail car barge ramp
- Mill equipment support structure
- Bridge at the mouth of Mill Creek
- Asbestos-containing materials from various structures on the Project site