Thanks for the question David.
The flare is a safety feature to relieve pressure and prevent accumulations of natural gas. Normally, it is only used at specific times, such as start up, testing and during routine maintenance. We believe flaring will be used less than 3 per cent of the time.
At Woodfibre LNG, we are conscious of being a good neighbour. To reduce impacts, we will schedule flaring for daylight hours whenever possible.
When it comes to noise, we assessed flaring as part of the overall effects our project would have. Based on our studies, during construction, our entire Project may result in a perceptible increase in noise at Watts Point, but is unlikely to result in a perceptible change at Britannia Beach or Darrell Bay. During regular operation, increases in noise are not likely to be perceptible in any of these locations.
When it comes to light, we expect the flare could present a temporary and intermittent effect during Project operation. Studies on our project have shown that light the emitted from our Project may be visible from parts of Squamish and Darrell Bay, which have unobstructed views of the Project site.
We hope this helps. If you have more questions about the flare, or any other part of the project, please do not hesitate to ask.