Site preparation work is underway at Woodfibre, a former pulp mill near Squamish that investors want to use to export liquefied natural gas to Asia. (Woodfibre LNG)

Woodfibre LNG gets 40-year export licence

Squamish project highlights BC Greens’ opposition

What could be B.C.’s first liquefied natural gas export project has received its federal export licence, a step towards what global investors have considered a major industry for B.C.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announced the 40-year licence Monday for Woodfibre LNG. It is the 24th federal LNG export licence issued by Ottawa, and it represents another division between the B.C. NDP and B.C. Green Party as they move toward an alliance to take over the B.C. government.

NDP leader John Horgan has spoken in favour of Woodfibre, a former pulp mill site that is being cleaned up by investors to prepare for a small-scale export terminal using an existing pipeline route. Green leader Andrew Weaver is adamantly opposed to it.

“This is the wrong project, in the wrong place, at the wrong time,” Weaver said of Woodfibre last year. “It will hurt our climate leadership. It lacks a strong economic case, and it has received no social licence for what is being pushed forward.”

When project financing was announced in November 2016, Horgan said “B.C.’s New Democrats are supportive of Woodfibre LNG and the jobs and economic activity it will bring to our province.”

Weaver said Woodfibre received its federal environmental approval under federal rules set by the former Conservative government in Ottawa, using the B.C. environmental assessment that he did not consider adequate.

Carr, speaking during a visit to the Canadian embassy in China Monday, was bullish on the prospects for LNG from the B.C. coast, despite soft international prices as many new sources are developed around the world with advanced hydraulic fracturing.

“We know there is tremendous demand for natural gas, especially in the fast-growing countries of Asia,” Carr said. “The approval of Woodfibre LNG’s 40-year export licence provides certainty for investors while creating jobs for Canadians as the world moves toward a low-carbon future.”

Just Posted

Thornhill Boil Water Advisory rescinded

Residents are asked to flush their water pipes, clean coffee makers and other appliances

Contractors dig into construction of union office in Terrace

Traffic has been detoured on Kalum St. by Lazelle and Park Ave. for work on the BCGEU office

Baby bear captured on Kalum St.

Bear cub had been seen in area backyards for several days

Public asked to be on lookout for bear cub

Norhtern Lights Animal Shelter on its way here to capture baby bruin in Scott Avenue area.

Searchers rush to find missing hikers with one-year-old child

Family out overnight in cold near Watson Lake

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

Man in custody linked police search near Salmon Arm

Police have not connected arrest to search at Salmon River Road property

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

Most Read