Strike One for Woodfibre LNG!
February 23, 2023
Strike One! Non-compliance warning
After starting construction without notice, Woodfibre LNG has been issued a warning that the project is non-compliant with the Environmental Assessment Certificate notification and submission requirements, and twelve of its conditions.
There are numerous layers of regulation for Woodfibre LNG by local, provincial, federal, and Indigenous governments. This warning letter and inspection record was issued by the provincial Environmental Assessment Office Compliance and Enforcement Branch, and the maximum penalty is $1,000,000.
This is yet another shocking example of how Woodfibre LNG is cutting corners and failing to comply with basic regulations in its rush to start construction.
District of Squamish holds FortisBC accountable
Break out the popcorn! You should watch this awesome council meeting.
Council repeatedly held FortisBC accountable, with a long list of outstanding problems that FortisBC has failed to resolve.
For example, the workcamp has 325 parking spaces, with another 420 parking spaces planned for the construction yard, right near the residential neighbourhood of Ravens Plateau. Yet FortisBC's reports have grossly understated the amount of traffic that will be accessing the Mamquam Forest Service Road.
Other example concerns that council and staff raised include:
- Gender-based violence in relation to worker camps.
- Noise and light pollution near residential areas.
- Traffic on the Mamquam River Forest Service Road and at the intersection of Highway 99.
- Impact on tourism accommodations.
- Impact on housing affordability.
- Increased policing costs and the burden on taxpayers.
- Six-day work week schedule making Saturday nights a "Wild West."
- Drug and alcohol abuse, and drunk driving by workers.
- Poor community engagement.
- Lack of trust in FortisBC's studies.
- Worker projection numbers being grossly underestimated.
Council voted 6:1 not to consider the Temporary Use Permit for the workcamp until the Provincial amendment process is complete (read the minutes).
Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC have had since 2015 to plan for worker accommodation and they have failed to do so. The rush on construction is now putting the community of Squamish in an "untenable" position.
Save the date! FortisBC public information meeting
FortisBC is hosting a public information meeting to answer questions related to the workcamp and the construction yard. We need to be there en masse.
WHEN: 6pm to 8pm, Thursday 9th March 2023
WHERE: Howe Sound Secondary School, Squamish
Local Squamish resident, Philippa Clark, has started a petition to demand honest and transparent engagement by FortisBC, as the company prefers a contrived format that controls the narrative and limits information sharing. Please add your name.
Please bring your friends and neighbours in Squamish. FortisBC's proposed workcamp and construction yard will have regional impacts, and the company is failing to respond to the community's concerns.
Why are demonstrations important?
Because right after our demonstration at IMPAC5, Minister Guilbeault's office called us to talk about how Woodfibre LNG is trying to weaken regulations for underwater noise and water quality.
This is why we do this. Together, our voices are powerful, and with your help we can shift what is politically possible.
We need to keep the pressure on Guilbeault—can you take a moment to send a letter calling on the Minister not to let Woodfibre LNG weaken environmental regulations?
We are so grateful to everyone that could stand with us to defend Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound!
We have successfully delayed Woodfibre LNG since 2015. Together we will stop this destructive project for good.
With hope and determination,
My Sea to Sky
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