The town of Squamish is hoping to reinvigorate its industrial base with an export terminal for liquefied natural gas.
“We have zero industrial taxation base and zero industrial jobs,” says Patricia Heintzman, the acting mayor of Squamish.
“With LNG there’s going to be a lot of training and different parts…and we’re hoping we’ll get some of that.”
The plan by Pacific Energy Corp. would put the site at the old Woodfibre pulp mill, which closed for good in 2006. Their plan would see 3-4 tankers use the port each month to export LNG off to foreign markets.
However, applications to the National Energy Board have yet to be approved, and environmentalists are sounding alarms about the process that will be used to extract LNG.
Ted Chernecki reports.