Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas and FortisBC/Eagle Mountain Pipeline

Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (WLNG) received provincial approval to construct an LNG processing and export facility on the previous Woodfibre Pulp and Paper mill site, located approximately seven kilometres southwest of Squamish. The facility would have a storage capacity of 250,000 cubic metres and a production capacity of 2.1 million tonnes of LNG per year. The BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) issued an Environmental Assessment Certficate (EAC) on Oct.26, 2015 and issued an Amendment to the EAC on July 12, 2017. Construction of the facility is expected to begin in late 2019 to 2023.

To support the Woodfibre LNG project, FortisBC was issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate in 2016 to construct the Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (EGP) which is an expansion of the existing Fortis natural gas pipeline that runs between Coquitlam and Woodfibre. The EGP project is a 47-kilometre pipeline expansion of which 16 km is located in the District of Squamish, and also includes construction of a new compressor station. Construction is proposed to take place from 2020 – 2023.

Management Plans
The Environmental Assessment (EA) certificates for these projects contained a number of conditions to be implemented during construction to reduce the potential for project-related effects on services and infrastructure delivered by provincial agencies and local governments. To fulfill the EA conditions, a series of Environmental Management Plans are required to be prepared by WLNG and FortisBC, for review by affected stakeholders, including the District. These plans are approved by the EAO based on the WLNG and FortisBC proposals, and any comments submitted by stakeholders. The District has no approval or “veto” function over these plans.

To date, three WLNG management plans related to the LNG facility have been submitted to the District as follows. (An additional Emergency Response Plan is expected in the near future.) A similar series of management plans will also be submitted by FortisBC (excluding the Marine Transportation Plan) related to the EGP pipeline project

 To date, three WLNG management plans related to the LNG facility have been submitted to the District as follows.  (An additional Emergency Response Plan is expected in the near future.) A similar series of management plans will also be submitted by FortisBC (excluding the Marine Transportation Plan) related to the EGP pipeline project.

Council provided initial response to these management plans at the Council meeting on September 3, 2019, indicating concerns with the consultation process and content of the management plans (watch the video). 

The WLNG proponents are currently revising the plans. At present, WLNG is hoping to have its’ plans reviewed and submitted to the EAO before the end of 2019. The timeline for the review of FortisBC’s plans will extend into 2020, as it establishes a Community Table to assist in the review of its’ plans, and holds a Public Information Session to inform its’ CSIMP. When details are made available by FortisBC, the District will share them.

How Can I Comment On The Management Plans

There is no formal public consultation process associated with the pre-construction environmental management plans.  However, based on recommendations from Council, the WLNG and EGP proponents are now working to establish a Community Table to obtain feedback from District Council and staff, community services, emergency services and business representatives.  FortisBC has also committed to host a Public Information Session regarding the EGP.

If you have comments on the management plans, please provide comments directly to WLNG and/or FortisBC at the links below.

As soon as the District has local contacts on these plans, we will provide them.

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