Squamish First Nation approves pipeline for Woodfibre LNG

Agreement Woodfibre LNG, FortisBC signed with Squamish Nation is legally binding
The $1.7 billion Woodfibre LNG project in Squamish has regulatory approval and tentative offtake agreements signed.
Squamish First Nations chiefs and councilors have approved a new pipeline and compressor station that will provide natural gas to the Woodfibre LNG plant in Squamish.

The Squamish Nation last year approved the Woodfibre liquefied natural gas plant itself, which also received federal approval in March.

The one final piece of the puzzle was the pipeline extension and compressor station, which will be built by FortisBC.

The Squamish Nation conducted its own environmental assessment, and issued 25 conditions for approving the LNG plant and the FortisBC pipeline extension. Nine of those conditions related to the FortisBC component of the project.

One of the concerns addressed in the Squamish environmental assessment agreement was the location of a compressor station. Another was the routing of a new pipeline extension.

FortisBC agreed to relocate the compressor station and to take a different route on the pipeline extension to avoid the Skwelwil’em wildlife management area.

Squamish Chief Ian Campbell said that the environmental assessment agreement undertaken by the Squamish First Nation – agreed to by both FortisBC and Pacific Oil and Gas (the company behind the LNG project) – is a legally binding agreement that gives the Squamish Nation legal recourse, should the conditions be breached.

“Under the environmental assessment agreement, we become watchdog over our territory — our land and aquatic habitats,” Campbell said in a memorandum to the greater Squamish membership.

“Squamish Nation has approval authority over aspects of the project that are much stronger than allowing the provincial government to monitor and enforce its conditions and plans.”

One of the 25 conditions that has been agreed to but not yet negotiated is an economic benefits agreement with both Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC.

nbennett@biv.com

comments powered by Disqus

More from Mining & Energy

FortisBC plans new community solar power project

Pilot initiative in Kelowna would be British Columbia’s third such installation

Read Article

Alternatives to Site C would cost $1.8 to $3.4 billion: BCUC

Cost of cancelling and remediation of Site C and adding wind power would be $5.1 to $6.7 billion.

Read Article

Sixty workers laid off at Site C

More layoffs are expected as specialized concrete work shuts down for the winter

Read Article

Vancouver’s B2Gold pours first gold at Mali mine

Read Article

Lowball bid proving to be costly for Site C project

BC Hydro now admits one-year delay will push dam budget up 7% to $9 billion

Read Article

Subscribe to our mailing lists

You may withdraw your consent at any time.

* indicates required

Newsletters

* You can modify your newsletter subscriptions at the bottom of any newsletter you receive.
Business in Vancouver Media Group
303 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia
V5Y 1J6 · Canada
604-688-2398
×