July 28, 2015
NORTH VANCOUVER — Squamish Nation Council (SNC) decided yesterday to postpone its vote on the proposed Woodfibre LNG facility — until sometime this fall.
Chief Ian Campbell said the delay was necessary because the Nation and the proponents have not yet come to an agreement on the “25 Conditions” the Nation had recently set out.
“The vote has been postponed until sometime this fall, as there has been no agreement between Squamish Nation and the proponents – Woodfibre LNG, FortisBC, B.C. government – on the 25 conditions,” Campbell said.
Negotiations- specific to the environmental conditions – between the Nation and the proponents continue.
(See the attached PDF for more background on the “25 Conditions.”)
“While we understand the strong feelings associated with the Woodfibre LNG proposal, it is important to point out that no decision has yet been made. And, during this review phase, Squamish Nation Council continues to reach out to its members.
Only when Squamish Nation Council has carefully reviewed all aspects of the proposal – paying particular attention to the ’25 conditions’ – will council vote to accept or reject the proposal.”
Chief Ian Campbell
Due to unseasonably dry and hot weather, Squamish Nation will be following Metro Vancouver’s restricted water use as a measure to mitigate a potential water shortage. As such, the following water restrictions are in effect on Squamish Nation Reserves until September 30, 2015 or further notice. Lawn sprinkling restrictions are as follows:
- Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns only Monday mornings 4 a.m. – 9 a.m.
- Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns only Thursday mornings 4 a.m. – 9 a.m.
- Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns only Wednesday mornings 1 a.m. – 6 a.m.
- Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns only Tuesday mornings 1 a.m. – 6 a.m.
Squamish Nation is putting the environment first and has no intention of approving the project unless a series of 26 environomental conditions are met. Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council set out the conditions on Friday June 26th after a meeting to review its independent environmental assessment. The environmental assessment is but one component of the Nation’s overall assessment of the proposed LNG project. Chiefs and Council will continue to consult with members on the progress of the conditions and any other analysis relevant to its assessment of the project.
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