Woodfibre LNG invests millions in Squamish community and businesses: update to District
November 14, 2019
VANCOUVER – Woodfibre LNG provided an update to District of Squamish Council yesterday, highlighting the Company’s community investment and significant progress towards the overall remediation of the Woodfibre site.
“Since 2013, we have contributed over $3 million to the Squamish community in taxes and contributions, approximately $10 million in contracts to Squamish Nation business partners, and over $12 million in the cleanup and remediation of the Woodfibre site,” said David Keane, President of Woodfibre LNG. “Community has always come first for us at Woodfibre – and we are proud to continue to invest in the community and in our Squamish Nation partners.”
Woodfibre LNG has been conducting remediation work to clean up the remnants of a 100-year-old pulp and paper mill at the site (video). This has included the removal of approximately 4,000 creosote pilings, hundreds of old tires, and tonnes of rebar and concrete. The work has been ongoing with the support of the Squamish Nation and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.
By the time all the work is complete, most of the historical pulp mill equipment and infrastructure, and toxic marine infrastructure will be removed from the Woodfibre LNG site.
Plans for additional remediation include the future closure of an old on-site landfill.
This work will continue to be carried out in partnership with Squamish Nation, as well as local groups and societies where possible, so that local conservation and restoration data is kept up to date.
About the Woodfibre LNG project
Woodfibre LNG will be the cleanest LNG export project in the world. The project maintains the highest standards for environmental and social responsibility. The project holds three environmental approvals, from the Canadian and B.C. governments and the Squamish Nation. Committed to Indigenous reconciliation, Woodfibre LNG is the only industrial project in Canada to have received an environmental approval from a First Nations government.
The Woodfibre LNG project is a brownfield site, used for over 100 years as a pulp and paper mill. It is located at the site of the traditional village of Swiyat, on the unceded territory of the Squamish Nation.
Woodfibre LNG is a subsidiary of Pacific Oil & Gas (PO&G), an independent energy resources development company.
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