Fisheries and Oceans, Nation express LNG concerns

Two stakeholder groups submitted letters of concern to the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) in the past week regarding the marine intake system of the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility slated for southwest of Squamish in Howe Sound. 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s letter of concern was about the impact on herring from the planned seawater cooling intake system of the proposed Woodfibre LNG.

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According to the letter, survey results indicate that herring spawn in multiple locations within the marine project development area.

The letter requests that Woodfibre LNG staff update their conclusions of serious harm to fish resulting from the intake system and “appropriateness of mitigation measures taking into consideration discovered and potential herring spawn locations.”

North Vancouver’s Tsleil-Waututh Nation also sent a letter expressing its concerns about the LNG facility, including the seawater cooling system, possible accidents, the company’s emergency response plan and creosote pile removal. 

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