To read the background information and complete the survey, please click the tabs above, beginning with “WOODFIBRE LNG: A Proposal“, followed by the questionnaire, then the next tab, etc.
You can download a printable version of the entire background and questionnaire document here: Download
This questionnaire is specific to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw members and was developed by the Rights & Title Department along with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Environmental Working Groups for the Woodfibre LNG project and the FortisBC pipeline project.
These projects were approved by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Both companies (WLNG and FortisBC) have proposed changes to the project design that require Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw approval (and approval from provincial or federal governments).
On the following tabs you’ll find a summary of the proposed amendments for each project followed by a questionnaire for your input and feedback. Please read through and complete the questionnaire.
Please send your feedback by August 31, 2020 for the print or online questionnaire:
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Woodfibre LNG was approved in 2015 to house construction workers in and around the District of Squamish (for approximately 3 years of construction).
Woodfibre LNG is now asking to house construction staff at Swíyat instead. The company would convert a barge to a floating camp (“floatel”), with a new footpath connecting the floatel to the construction site. Something similar was done in Kitimat about 5 years ago (internet search for “Kitimat floating hotel” for pictures and information).
The floatel will require approval from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, the provincial government and the federal government. If the floatel is not approved, Woodfibre LNG will retain their original approvals to use market housing.
Woodfibre LNG initially proposed the floatel in October 2019. They were asked to provide more detail on the proposal (mainly environmental protection and community health) before regulators make any decisions. We expect the new information to be submitted this summer, and regulators (including Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) to make a decision in autumn 2020. We are seeking input from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw members to assist with decision making.
The FortisBC pipeline project is planned to provide natural gas to the Woodfibre LNG facility. This would be a buried pipeline, approximately 50km long with about half of the route paralleling the existing FortisBC pipeline that feeds natural gas to Squamish Valley and to Vancouver Island.
In March 2020, FortisBC proposed four project changes as summarized below. The Amendment will require approval from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw and the provincial government. These regulatory decisions will depend on review of FortisBC environmental studies in autumn 2020, and community feedback. If any or all of the amendments are not approved by both the province and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, Fortis would construct the project as originally planned.