Woodfibre LNG project to seek expanded worker housing options
October 29, 2019
VANCOUVER – In response to widespread community feedback, Woodfibre LNG has filed a proposed Amendment to the project’s Environmental Assessment Approvals. The Amendment seeks BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO), Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) and Squamish Nation approval to house construction workers in a floating worker camp (“the floatel”). The proposed floatel would have the capacity to house a majority of workers during the facility’s construction phase and would be located just offshore at the project site.
“This is a project that has always put the community first,” said David Keane, President of Woodfibre LNG. “A floatel will address concerns we’ve heard from the community over the past year about the potential impacts of using land-based camps or rental housing at a time when the Squamish market is already tight.”
Moving to a floating barge option for worker housing will also provide benefits including reduced highway and marine traffic and improved safety. In addition to receiving broad public support, initial conversations have been held with local government and Squamish Nation and will continue through the amendment process.
The floatel will be a self-contained accommodation facility with approximately 400 to 600 beds, an on-board kitchen, recreational areas, sewage collection and holding tanks, garbage collection, and a loading dock. Water will be recycled, and waste will be carried off the vessel for disposal at a licensed facility. Clean, renewable power will be provided from BC Hydro via an existing connection at the Woodfibre site.
The BC Environmental Assessment Office will provide a 30-day public comment period as part of their review. Woodfibre will continue to engage with directly impacted marine users to ensure concerns are being addressed. Questions about the floatel can be submitted using Woodfibre’s dedicated public engagement website: www.askwoodfibrelng.ca
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 Export is a subsidiary of Pacific Oil & Gas (PO&G), an independent energy resources development company.
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