December 24, 2013
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
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
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.