Three northern B.C. LNG projects granted environmental assessment approval
The Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline, an estimated $.75 billion in capital cost, requires the construction and operation of up to two 860-kilometre natural gas pipelines from approximately 100 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John to a new LNG terminal being proposed at Ridley Island near Prince Rupert.“Construction would generate 13,400 person-years of direct employment in B.C. During the 50 years of operations, 120 full-time jobs would be created,” the ministry says of this project.The Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility, an estimated $11.4 billion in capital cost, entails an LNG export facility located on Lelu Island and adjacent water lots in the Port of Prince Rupert.This project is said to generate 8,000 person-years of direct employment, and during the 30 years of operation, create 650 full-time jobs.Advertisement The certificates were issued by Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman.The province says these certificates are subject different conditions and restrictions, all of which are legally bindingThey’re also subject to “various federal, provincial and local government permits to proceed.”- Advertisement -“The Environmental Assessment Office will co-ordinate compliance management efforts with other government agencies to ensure that the office is satisfied that certificate conditions are met,” the Ministry of Environment said in a written statement.The majority of provincial permits are said to be provided through the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission – the primary operational regulator of oil and gas activities in B.C.“To prevent or minimize adverse effects from the projects, each company proposed a number of significant route or design changes during the environmental assessment, based on feedback received during the process,” the ministry goes on to write.Advertisement The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, a $5 billion capital cost project, involves a 900-kilometre natural gas pipeline from near the District of Hudson’s Hope to the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility.The ministry says this will generate 8,250 person-years of direct employment in B.C. an 23 full-time jobs during its 40 years of operation.“British Columbia’s environmental assessment process involves a rigorous, thorough review that provides for significant opportunities for Aboriginal groups, government agencies and the public to provide input on the potential for environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects from a proposed project,” the ministry concludes.