OTTAWA, March 18, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, today announced that the proposed Woodfibre LNG Project, located near Squamish, British Columbia, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.
In her Environmental Assessment Decision Statement, the Minister established legally binding conditions, which include mitigation measures and follow-up requirements with which the proponent must comply throughout the life of the project.
“The Woodfibre LNG Project underwent a thorough, science-based environmental assessment that considered public and Indigenous input and views,” said Minister McKenna. “The process benefited from scientific and technical expertise, Indigenous traditional knowledge and constructive feedback that helped to inform my decision.”
The Government of British Columbia conducted the environmental assessment of the Woodfibre LNG Project on behalf of both the federal and provincial governments, with the participation of several expert federal authorities such as Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Health Canada.
“As a result of our government’s commitment to tackling climate change and our interim approach and principles for environmental assessments, this review also benefited from an analysis of anticipated greenhouse gas emissions associated with the project. The federal government also carried out additional consultations with the public and Indigenous groups.”
The next steps are for the proponent to obtain approvals and permits, including regulatory authorizations from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada.