July 2, 2015
“To be, or not to be: that is the question” This question will be in our minds long past the summer of 2015 should the 25 conditions of the Squamish First Nation outlined on June 26th be met by Woodfibre LNG. This project has a long road still ahead to operation, should it be allowed to proceed by Squamish Nation.
One year ago at this time, the public was commenting on the draft application information requirements that did not have much detail about the project design itself. Public were asked to comment on the various value components, such as water quality, various species, air quality and how they should be ranked in terms of importance during the environmental assessment.
One year later with more information about the project design components available, concerns from the public, communities, knowledge experts and now First Nations have common themes. The seawater cooling system that is integral to the overall design of the liquefaction plant is the common denominator. It’s harm to sea life seems to be a poor choice of design at a time when our oceans are already warming and Howe Sound is attracting so much life back to its waters. The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office is drafting its Assessment Report and rewriting the timelines for when the report will be forwarded to the Provincial and Federal Ministers for decision. Should Woodfibre LNG not be able to satisfy the 25 conditions of the Squamish Nation, they will likely have to go back to the drawing board and restart the Environmental Assessment process… Or, as Shakespeare’s Hamlet ponders “to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep.”