The BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has granted permission to Woodfibre LNG Ltd to continue the 180 day Environmental Assessment Review Period for its proposed Woodfibre LNG Project. The project entered the review phase on 13 January 2015 and this was originally anticipated to end on 13 July 2015.
The EAO granted a temporary suspension of the review period of the project to allow Woodfibre LNG to submit a report to the EAO, which fulfilled the provincial and federal environmental assessment requirements, and to engage Squamish Nation on the conditions of Squamish Nation’s environmental review of the project.
The project is located on the traditional territory of Squamish Nation and as such is undergoing a separate independent environment review. The Squamish Nation issued 25 conditions related to the project, 13 of which applied directly to Woodfibre LNG Ltd.
Byng Giraud, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Woodfibre LNG Ltd, commented: “We have agreed to the conditions of Squamish Nation’s environmental review of our Project, and are working with Squamish Nation to reach a formal agreement.”
The Woodfibre LNG Project is undergoing a substituted process whereby the BC EAO leads the assessment under both the BC Environmental Assessment Act, and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (2012). The substituted process requires both a provincial and federal decision based on the outcome of the provincial regulatory review. The Squamish Nation environmental review process is independent from the provincial and federal environmental assessment of the Woodfibre LNG Project.
Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/liquefaction/13082015/environmental-assessment-review-period-for-woodfibre-lng-resumes-1140/