The federal government has approved a proposed LNG facility in Squamish, saying it “isn’t likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects”.
This follows the BC government giving its environmental approval in October.
Federal environment minister Catherine McKenna says the Woodfibre LNG project underwent a thorough, science-based environmental assessment that considered public and Indigenous input and views.
But Squamish mayor Patricia Heintzman is an opponent of the project and says the decision by McKenna doesn’t mean concerns over the environment have gone away.
“Certainly the marine environment, the Howe Sound environment, all the community in Howe Sound have voiced opposition to the project, the whole climate change picture, the whole issue around climate change.”
The Canadian Environment Assessment Agency attached a number of conditions to the approval, including communication with Aboriginal groups and ensuring fish habitats aren’t damaged.
Approvals and permits are still needed, as well as a Final Investment Decision by Woodfibre LNG.