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The Government of B.C. has requested the substitution of the B.C. environmental assessment process for the CEAA 2012 process if it is determined that an environmental assessment is required. The Agency is also seeking comments on this request by January 6, 2014.   This request was made by Woodfibre Natural Gas Limited to the Provincial Government and the  Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency  quietly announced this  December 17th  on their website.

The Woodfibre LNG project plans to liquefy gas it purchased from Fortis BC and export it to Asian Markets by tanker that will be piloted down Howe Sound 3-4 times per month, according to the proposal.

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on the Substitution of Environmental Assessments with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency back in March, 2013.  The intention is to streamline the process and to date two coal mine projects have received this approval.  Our future generations will know the consequences of this streamlined process should it be applied to this new LNG export facility.   The MOU and a Backgrounder on substitution under CEAA 2012 are available on the Agency’s website.

Concerns, questions and comments to CEAA are encouraged as once approved there is no going back.  On January 6th, the Future of Howe Sound Society submitted Comments re Substitution Request – CEAA. Jan.62013

Public Comments 
Written comments on the need for a federal environmental assessment and on the substitution request must be submitted by January 6, 2014 to:

Woodfibre LNG Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1C6
Telephone: 604-666-2431
Fax: 604-666-6990
Woodfibre@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

After the close of the public comment period, the Woodfibre LNG Public Comment Compilation Table_14 Jan 2014 were made available upon request from the CEAA.

7 Responses so far.

  1. Ruth Simons says:

    Thank you for the compliment, it is truly appreciated. This is not a paid theme, our Society has a talented volunteer that did the modification.

  2. Les McDonald says:

    Fellow Howe Sound, Horseshoe Bay, Lions Bay, Britannia Beach and Squamish Residents,

    We have a decision to make. One so profound that it will effect the very core of who we are, and the legacy we want to leave for our families and our town. The Howe Sound and Squamish could make a brave choice to leave our legacy of chemical plants, mines, and destruction of habitat behind, and continue working towards being an eco tourism destination that the world will flock to. Squamish has been making some incredible, positive, and intelligent changes and we can all see the effects it’s having on our community. People want to live here and people want to visit here.

    The Howe Sound is coming back to life. The herring have returned, we have record Salmon numbers, and even Whales signtings have been reported in our waters for the first time in decades. I think we learned the hard way, that the marine ecosystem is sensitive beyond anything we had imagined and putting WoodFibre LNG in the Howe Sound would be a mistake of epic proportions. I think as residents a majority of us agree on this but that’s not enough. We have to make our voices heard and stop this from happening. It is a fact, that it’s not “IF” an accident will occur at WoodFibre LNG, it’s “When.” Do we have another 40 or 50 years to make a comeback in the Howe Sound? And at what cost to our families health would this come at? We all know that Squamish, is for the most part, down wind from Wood Fibre LNG and any blow off or emissions will come directly to our community effecting the health of our family and friends. We will all become residents of a poisoned community and that’s just a fact.

    Right off, I’ll admit, my opinion isn’t that important. I moved here two years ago from Banff National Park after having called it my home for over 22 years. Banff does not have a single mine, chemical plant, or a WoodFibre LNG but it has tourism. Enough tourism in fact to support the communities of Canmore, Banff, and Lake Louise with 5 Million visitors a year. Still, I was so profoundly affected by Squamish and the Howe Sound that I packed up my family we decided to call Squamish our home, and the home of my business.

    The once sleepy little mining town of Canmore made a choice many years ago, to focus on tourism. They had to. Mining and resource extraction proved over time that it contributed less and less to the community and Canmore, at the time, was the ugly brother to Banff that people drove by or stopped for gas. Now, Canmore is a thriving tourism destination sharing many of the tourist dollars that used to go exclusively to Banff. They have a thriving hotel, restaurant, and tourism industry where not one single penny comes from mining. It’s all from tourism and it’s no secret that Canmore is doing well.

    Why am I telling you this? I have seen first hand the transformation that a town like Squamish is capable of. But decisions have to be made. Do we want to be a tourist destination with a healthy ecosystem for people to enjoy? Do we want to make Squamish and the entire Howe Sound a destination where people want to stop and spend dollars or shall we continue to be unfairly seen as the ugly brother that people decide to drive through? Squamish is a beautiful vibrant community with natural, rugged beauty to rival any National Park and people are starting to see this. Our town is growing and diversifying in ways that will make us a sought after destination and a wonderful place to call home.

    We as residents know how incredibly gifted we are. Let’s not allow a corporation, from another country, to come in and destroy what we have been all working so hard to build here. There’s no quick easy way to create the change we want to see but here’s where we can start. SAY NO to the WoodFibre LNG project. It’s up to us.

    Sincerely,

    Les McDonald

  3. Dan Gillies says:

    This project would have extremely negative impacts on Howe Sound and the surrounding areas.

  4. Lucy Burdette says:

    I wish to state my strong opposition to this project, and to the idea of changing the environmental assessment to a provincial jurisdiction. What could possibly be the reason for this other than to streamline its approval? Will this be an actual objective assessment or merely a formality before the project is approved? The public has been ill-advised, the timing of the comment period over the holidays is insulting, and the idea that LNG is “clean energy” is ludicrous. The energy it takes to drill wells, frack the wells, using precious fresh water which is then left contaminated, and the energy it takes to convert the gas to liquid form, then ship halfway around the world… how can this be in any way termed “clean”?? This project is lunacy and must be stopped.

    Lucy Burdette

  5. Renee Rechtschaffner says:

    I am concerned for Howe sounds future . Without a comprehensive plan in place involving all concerned parties we will not achieve success .

  6. Jennifer Blacklock says:

    I wish to state my strong opposition to this project, and to the idea of changing the environmental assessment to a provincial jurisdiction. The public has been ill-advised, the timing of the comment period over the holidays smacks of conspiracy. LNG is not clean energy.

  7. Cheryl Cameron says:

    I wish to state my strong opposition to this project, and to the idea of changing the environmental assessment to a provincial jurisdiction. What could possibly be the reason for this other than to streamline its approval? Will this be an actual an objective assessment or merely a formality before the project is approved? The public has been ill-advised, the timing of the comment period over the holidays is insulting, and the idea that LNG is “clean energy” is ludicrous. The energy it takes to drill wells, frack the wells, using precious fresh water which is then left contaminated, and the energy it takes to convert the gas to liquid form, then ship halfway around the world… how can this be in any way termed “clean”?? This project is lunacy and must be stopped.

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