November 30, 2013
The 30 day public comment period on the Draft Application Information Requirements for the Eagle Mountain Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project commenced November 15th and continues to December 16th. As with most large industrial projects, there is an enormous amount of information to read and understand in order to comment in a meaningful way. The BC Environmental Assessment Office who manages the environmental assessment of major projects, advertised two Open Houses for the public to attend and ask questions. Those that attended the meetings, as usual, left with many questions about the overall project unanswered.
Fortis BC and Pacific Energy Corp. have entered into an agreement for FortisBC to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether or not the expansion of an existing gas pipeline is technically, environmentally, socially and economically feasible. The Draft Application Information Requirements lists the issues that need to be researched. This public comment period is the public’s opportunity to comment on whether the valued components proposed for study reflect your own values and concerns related to the proposed project, and, to state whether the methodology for studying the components is missing anything.
The Future of Howe Sound Society has been calling for a comprehensive management plan for Howe Sound, to ensure the fragile recovery of Howe Sound’s ecosystem is not affected. Without assessing the cumulative impacts of all proposed projects in the Sound, each project can result in a degradation of the current and future health and economy of Howe Sound and its residents.
Communities around Howe Sound are in full support of a comprehensive management plan and are urging the Provincial Government to commence a planning process. A recent article in the Squamish Chief raises some of the concerns we share about the proposed project.
Submit your comments prior to December 16th to http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca/pcp/index.html