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ea_review_processFortis BC’s Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project has now officially entered the 180 day review period.  Fortis submitted its formal application to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office and the public now has 60 days to comment on this application.  This period runs from January 26th through March 27th, 2015.  This is the only opportunity to provide feedback on the documents submitted to the proponent and the government assessing the project.  Link directly to public comment form click here.

This process is the same as the Woodfibre LNG Project. Both projects need to be approved in order to proceed.    Fortis BC does need to complete test drilling along its proposed route in order to meet the requirements for the BC Oil and Gas Commission.  On January 20th, the District of Squamish Council did not approve Fortis’ application to test drill in the Squamish Estuary.  This may cause some delays for Fortis, who have opened an office downtown Squamish with Woodfibre LNG.

Fortis presented to the District of Squamish on January 13th and January 20th.  Recordings of these meetings provide answers and information about the project.

On March 10th, Fortis BC filed a legal petition with the BC Supreme Court over the District of Squamish’s denial of a development permit to allow the company to do a route investigation for the company’s proposed pipeline expansion.   Dr. Eoin Finn was asked to comment on what this means by Global TV March 18th.

As part of the 60 day public comment period, Fortis was required to host an open house information session for the public. The two open houses were held in Squamish on Wednesday Feb. 11, 2015 and in Coquitlam Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

4 Responses so far.

  1. Dennis Moore says:

    Since the first LNG tanker Methane Princess was completed in 1964 over three hundred LNG ships have been built and to the best of my research there’s never been a major accident. The last accident involving a collision with a BC Ferry ( George Kwok and the Queen of Cowichan was in 1985. Since that time, barring a few incidents in the harbors, there have been some 657,000 ferry passages in Howe Sound without a collision. While we’re at it how many collisions have there been with the bulk carriers that travel up the sound every week to load products at Squamish? None that I’ve ever heard of. It’s time the NIMBY’s stopped their fear mongering.

    • Ruth Simons says:

      Dear Dennis, thank you for your comment. Transport Canada has yet to make recommendations specific to LNG carriers in our waters to ensure the public and other vessel operators are safe. Unlike LNG ports in other parts of the world, Howe Sound and Squamish are not under one managing or administering body who takes accountability for vessel management in Howe Sound. Communities beyond Howe Sound prior to the BC Government’s LNG initiative have expressed concerns about LNG tankers in Canadian waters for good reasons. The consequences resulting from a worst case accident involving this cargo could be catastrophic and we want to ensure the future of Howe Sound is safe for all users and sealife.

  2. Edna Thomson says:

    As a B.C. resident, living on Bowen Island, I am utterly opposed to the construction of a Liquid Natural Gas processing plant near Squamish at the Woodfibre site. And if I were living in Victoria, or Vancouver, my objection would be the same.

    Consequently, the Fortis Pipeline expanded to Woodfibre is equally as incomprehensible a proposal. Our natural environment, whether on land or sea, needs to be respected and valued above all else.

    P.S. Please confirm my membership with the Future of Howe Sound Society.

    Many thanks!

    • Ruth Simons says:

      Dear Edna, thank you for your comment. All are welcome as members by signing up for our e-news letter and mailing list. Donations are also welcome anytime.

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