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Woodfibre LNG granted environmental approval

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The Woodfibre LNG project has been granted environmental approval from the Canadian government. In Ottawa, Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, stated that the project is unlikely to lead to significant negative effects on the environment. This follows the provincial approval of the project in October 2015, and successfully closes the environmental assessment review process. The project is located approximately 7 km southwest of Squamish, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada.

The Country Manager and Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Woodfibre LNG Ltd, Byng Giraud, said: “Receiving federal environmental approval marks the conclusion of more than two and a half years of intensive work by the Woodfibre LNG team and our engineering, environmental, and shipping consultants, something every member of the Woodfibre LNG team can be proud of.

“What I am equally proud of is how our conversations in the community to better understand local priorities and our work with First Nations have informed the project so we can build a better project, for Squamish and B.C.”

The project underwent a substituted environmental assessment process, which was coordinated by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) on behalf of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the EAO. On 14 October 2015, Squamish Nation Council approved an EAO and provided an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the project.

Giraud said: “In truth, the real work is just beginning for our project team.

“We now have to take all the conditions from the three environmental reviews and ensure they are incorporated in the detailed design work and planning for construction and operation of the Woodfibre LNG project.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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