The federal government has approved a proposed LNG export terminal in Squamish, saying the project “is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”
“The Woodfibre LNG Project underwent a thorough, science-based environmental assessment that considered public and Indigenous input and views,” said Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.
“The process benefited from scientific and technical expertise, Indigenous traditional knowledge and constructive feedback that helped to inform my decision.”
The Canadian Environment Assessment Agency attached a number of conditions to its approval, including sufficient communication with Aboriginal groups, and ensuring fish habitat is not damaged.
Woodfibre is just a few kilometres south of Squamish, and the site of a pulp mill that was once the largest employer in the region.
The approval means the project has received a positive environment assessment from both the provincial and federal governments. A final investment decision has not been made by Woodfibre LNG.