February 3, 2016
Brief overview of the various industrial projects proposed for Howe Sound at the start of 2016. Re-industrialization of the sound is being closely watched by those that believe the recovery of Howe Sound’s ecosystem must be protected for current and future generations. Current at Feb 3, 2016.
Burnco Aggregate Project at McNab Creek – A Public Consultation and Communications Plan was recently filed with the BCEAO, but no dates yet for when the consultations will take place. This project is still in the pre-application stage with the BC Environmental Assessment Office. The design of the project changed substantially based on the feedback Burnco received through the public input sessions, Aboriginal groups and working group members. The full application must be filled this year to meet the prescribed deadline of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The Sunshine Coast Regional District are considering the rezoning bylaw process. 2016-Feb-18 SCRD PDC Agenda
Box Canyon Hydro Project in McNab Valley – Elemental Energy is nearing completion and should be producing power this spring. According to Principal Jamie Houssein, the Run of the River project has gone according to plan and has brought “significant” employment benefits to Squamish Nation through the course of construction. Apart from the fire hazards resulting from drought this summer during construction, no major impacts have resulted from the water shortage. Construction of new salmon habitat near the powerhouse is ongoing.
Woodfibre LNG and Fortis Eagle Mountain Pipeline – The Woodfibre LNG project relies on Fortis to supply the gas via the Eagle Mountain Pipeline. To-date the pipeline has not been granted an Environmental Assessment certificate by the BC Government, and it is still in the process of meeting 12 of the 25 conditions laid out by Squamish Nation. Woodfibre did receive a BC certificate and is awaiting a decision by the Federal Environmental Agency. As MLA Jordan Sturdy states, the decision will be precedent setting. With the change of government this past October, Woodfibre recently announced the Federal environment minister is seeking information on the upstream greenhouse gas emissions of this project to be factored into the assessment of the project. Since this project falls under the new substitution agreement, there is no deadline for decision. A three week public consultation is being held prior to final approval by the Canadian Environmental Assessment agency. The deadline for comments on the report is March 1st and MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones is hosting open houses to hear the public’s feedback.
Trash Incinerator at Port Mellon – In December 2015 Metro Vancouver announced it was putting on indefinite hold a controversial plan to build a $500-million trash incinerator to handle the waste generated by the region’s residents. The decision was based on uncertainty of waste volumes in order to justify the upfront capital costs. This was good news for those that feared this project could be built at Port Mellon in West Howe Sound, one of the locations short listed by Metro Vancouver.
Proposed log dump in Howe Sound – A small advertisement inviting public comment regarding a proposed log dump at Folger Creek in Howe Sound resulted in local citizen scientist pointing out this location is one of the most product herring spawn areas every recorded. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans will be reviewing the application.