Woodfibre LNG has received federal approval.
The proponents of the liquefied natural gas processing and export facility — located about seven kilometres southwest of Squamish on Howe Sound — announced the news in a press release on Friday, March 18.
"Receiving federal environmental approval marks the conclusion of more than two-and-a-half years of intensive work by the Woodfibre LNG team and our engineering, environmental, and shipping consultants, something every member of the Woodfibre LNG team can be proud of," said Byng Giraud, Woodfibre's VP of corporate affairs, in the release.
"What I am equally proud of is how our conversations in the community to better understand local priorities and our work with First Nations have informed the project so we can build a better project, for Squamish and B.C."
The project underwent a substituted environmental assessment process, where the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) coordinated the review process on behalf of both the EAO and the federal Canadian Environment Assessment Agency.
The project — located on traditional Squamish Nation territory — received the Squamish Nation's approval on Oct. 14, 2015, followed by an Environmental Assessment Certificate from the provincial EAO on Oct. 26.
"In truth, the real work is just beginning for our project team," Giraud said in the release.
"We now have to take all the conditions from the three environmental reviews and ensure they are incorporated in the detailed design work and planning for construction and operation of the Woodfibre LNG project."
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