SQUAMISH, B.C. – Today, Woodfibre LNG Limited was granted a temporary suspension of the 180-day Environmental Assessment Review Period for its proposed Woodfibre LNG Project. The review period had been scheduled to end on July 13, 2015.
Woodfibre LNG made the request to allow the company time to further engage Squamish Nation on the conditions of its environmental review of the Woodfibre LNG Project and FortisBC Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline expansion project. These conditions, as well as further consultation with Squamish Nation, will become part of a report to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) as part of the environmental assessment of the proposed project.
“Woodfibre LNG made a commitment to Squamish Nation to participate in its own environmental assessment process,” said Byng Giraud, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Woodfibre LNG Limited. “As expected, the conditions reflect Squamish Nation’s commitment to protecting land, water and heritage, and our focus now is to take the time to review them and work with Squamish Nation to understand their conditions,” said Giraud.
The Woodfibre LNG Project entered the 180-day Application Review Phase on January 13, 2015.
The Woodfibre LNG Project is undergoing a substituted process whereby the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) leads the assessment under both the BC Environmental Assessment Act, and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The substituted process will require both a federal and provincial decision based on the outcome of the provincial regulatory review.
About Woodfibre LNG Limited
Woodfibre LNG Limited is proposing to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and export facility at the former Woodfibre Pulp and Paper Mill near Squamish.
The Woodfibre LNG Project comprises construction and operation of a gas processing and liquefaction facility to produce approximately 2.1 million metric tonnes per annum of LNG, associated storage capacity of 250,000 m3, and export infrastructure.
The proposed Project is subject to review under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The Woodfibre LNG project is also undergoing a separate review by the Squamish Nation.
Subject to regulatory approvals and a final investment decision, Woodfibre LNG Limited could begin construction in late 2015, and begin regular operation in 2018.