November 9, 2016
The sounds of helicopters were buzzing over Howe Sound on November 4th as politicians and media flew to the site of the proposed Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas processing shipping facility. Byng Giraud, Country Manager for Woodfibre LNG, announced the parent company, Pacific Oil and Gas Ltd., is investing in the project. Despite a major design change to the project, he said that work could begin late 2017 and gas being shipped by 2020.
There are still many approvals and conditions outstanding which is why we join many in saying “not so fast”. The announcement was opportune timing for Premier Clark, the day before the BC Liberal Party Convention in Vancouver. However, the image of the burned Woodfibre LNG/FortisBC community Office in Squamish is a reminder of opposition to this project in Howe Sound.
In 2014, Premier Clark cancelled attending the official opening of the Sea to Sky Gondola, a highly successful attraction that overlooks the Woodfibre site. Afraid of heights or the “No Woodfibre LNG” protests enroute, the Premier did not fly in to celebrate the tourism jobs and showcasing of beautiful Howe Sound.
There are many outstanding concerns about this project including the safety risks associated with 60,000 tonnes of flammable gas being loaded onto tankers and shipped out past Bowen Island and West Vancouver. Most people agree, particularly tourists visiting this area, Howe Sound is too special to be re-industrialized.
As the Founding Director of the Vancouver Aquarium said, “Anywhere else in the world, Howe Sound would be a National Park”.