November 23rd, 2018 North Vancouver — At a duly convened Council meeting on November 21st, 2018, a majority of the Squamish Nation Council voted and approved three agreements regarding the Woodfibre LNG Project. The three agreements are with Woodfibre LNG, FortisBC, and the Province of BC.
With the approval of these agreements, the Squamish Nation has given its approval for the project to proceed.
Approving the impact benefit agreements was a step in the Squamish Nation’s process for assessing the impacts and benefits of this project. The approval by the Squamish Council includes compliance by the project proponents with legally binding conditions issued under the Squamish Nation’s environmental assessment process.
The Squamish Nation sought to ensure that the Nation’s environmental standards are being met. The project proponents are doing this by satisfying the Nation’s 25 environmental conditions issued under the Squamish Nation’s environmental assessment process.
Next steps will be holding the proponents accountable through the construction, operation and decommissioning of the Woodfibre LNG Project. This includes environmental, cultural, employment, and training conditions. As agreed by the proponents, we will be co-developing management plans for the project and will have our own monitors on the ground to report any non-compliance with the conditions.
Similar to other levels of government that benefit economically from the project, the Squamish Nation as a government will share in the economic benefits this project offers. Revenue collected from this project will go to the Squamish Nation and contribute to programs and services it operates for its members. In addition, there will be jobs and training opportunities and spin off business opportunities for members.
These agreements also help contribute to these objectives.
Communities are sometimes faced with difficult decisions and it is recognized that this was a difficult decision for many. More information will be released to the Squamish Nation members in the coming weeks and months.
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