Woodfibre LNG is evicting families in Squamish

December 8, 2022
Tracey Saxby

The Sirocco One building on Loggers Lane in Squamish.

Woodfibre LNG is evicting families in Squamish

Woodfibre LNG is about to evict 30+ families from the Sirocco One building in downtown Squamish.

We already have a housing crisis in Squamish, and Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC are about to make it worse.

We told these two fossil fuel companies in 2014 that there is no housing available in Squamish for their workers. They didn't listen.

Neither company has the approvals they need to accommodate up to 1,250 temporary workers. The two proposed workcamps have not been approved.

But by housing workers in the Sirocco One building, Woodfibre LNG is essentially creating an unregulated workcamp in downtown Squamish.

With construction set to begin as early as February 2023, Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC are also planning to house their workers in hotels, AirBnBs, and existing rentals.

This will increase rental costs, increase home prices, and worsen the housing crisis. People that were born in Squamish are getting pushed out of the community where they grew up.

$470,000 for policing costs

The District of Squamish has allocated an additional $470,000 for increased policing costs due to the influx of temporary workers for Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC. Neither company has agreed to cover this cost yet. If they don't, then this will be a social cost borne by municipal taxpayers.

Work camps for resource extraction projects can have significant and often unanticipated impacts on nearby communities. Studies during construction of similar industrial projects with large numbers of temporary workers have resulted in:

We've documented how violence follows resource extraction projects. The cumulative impacts of two mancamps for up to 1,250+ workers have never been properly assessed.

We need your eyes and ears on the ground

If Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC begin construction in 2023, we need to move into a watchdog role. We need your help to hold Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC accountable. If you see something, or know something, tell us. If you know someone that lives in the Sirocco One building, please tell them to contact us. We may be able to help.

With hope and determination,

Tracey Saxby

Executive Director
My Sea to Sky

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