LNG Canada recently submitted a Project Description to the B.C. and Federal governments – an important milestone in the regulatory review process.
The Project Description provides a summary of the proposed LNG Canada project, including details about the scope of the facility and operations. The Project Description is the first step in an environmental assessment for the proposed project.
As part of the regulatory review process, LNG Canada will conduct a full environmental impact assessment for the proposed LNG facility, marine terminal and storage facilities, as well as the shipping channel. The scope of the environmental assessment will be determined as part of the regulatory process.
LNG Canada will meet with local communities and First Nations to collect input and feedback about the proposed project,and work collaboratively to ensure benefits from the project accrue to the communities in which LNG Canada operates.
The partners decision to move the project into development could be taken around the middle of the decade, with start up around the end of the decade, pending regulatory approvals and investment decisions.
Providing opportunity for input
B.C.’s Environmental Assessment process provides a mechanism for reviewing major projects like LNG Canada, to assess their potential impacts and to ensure they are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. The assessment process also identifies a process to engage with the public, First Nations, interested stakeholders and government agencies to ensure their issues and concerns are taken into account.
The environmental assessment process includes:
- Opportunities for the involvement of all interested parties
- Consultations with First Nations
- Technical studies to identify and examine potential significant adverse effects
- Strategies to prevent or reduce adverse effects
- Development of comprehensive reports summarizing input and findings