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Community Committee Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (WLNG) Project Interim Report. September 16, 2014. WLNG Committee Process Overview. June 7 Fortis Tour Tilbury LNG storage facility & Eagle Mountain Compressor Station

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community committee woodfibre liquefied natural gas wlng project interim report

Community Committee Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (WLNG) Project Interim Report

September 16, 2014

wlng committee process overview
WLNG Committee Process Overview
  • June 7 Fortis Tour Tilbury LNG storage facility & Eagle Mountain Compressor Station
  • June 26 Committee Meeting Process Charter Development
  • July 3 Committee Meeting Defining Interest Based Objectives – What matters to community
  • July 17 Technical Presentation Clean Energy Canada & WLNG
  • Aug 6 Technical Presentation Howard Candelet, Marine Safety Consultant & WLNG
  • Aug 21 Technical Presentation Transport Canada, Pacific Pilotage Authority, Canadian Coast Guard, BC Environmental Assessment & WLNG
  • Aug 28 Technical Presentation BC Oil & Gas Commission & WLNG
  • Sept 2 Committee Meeting Interim report development for DOS Council
  • Sept 16 Presentation Interim report presentation to DOS Council
  • Sept 18 Technical Presentation BC Safety Authority & Fortis BC
  • Sept 24 Committee Meeting Debrief on technical presentations
wlng committee process overview1
WLNG Committee Process Overview
  • BC EAO five pillars: Economic, Social, Environment, Health, Heritage
  • WLNG Committee’s five fundamental objectives and related sub-objectives that matter to the community
    • Minimize Environmental Impacts
      • Ie: noise, GHGs, air, visual, light, health, wildlife/marine life impacts…
    • Consider Full Life Cycle Safety
      • Ie: siting, accidents & malfunctions, LNG carrier safety…
    • Maximize Community Benefits, Opportunity and Character
      • Ie: exceed requirements, enhance Squamish brand, positive legacy…
    • Maximize Economic Benefit
      • Ie: jobs, taxes, revenue, economic development…
    • Demonstrate Corporate Citizenship
      • Ie: engage community, increase transparency, enhance reputation…
wlng committee interim conclusions
WLNG Committee Interim Conclusions

Given technical presentations to date the Committee has concluded that: Electric drives are a positive decision to reduce green house gas (GHGs) and air pollution

Given technical presentations by independent consultants, provincial and federal regulators: LNG carriers have highest safety & design regulations in the world and are considered safe

Transport Canada and the Pacific Pilotage Authority have stated that “exclusion zones” are not necessary and are not being applied for this project. Exclusion zones are defined by Transport Canada as: “marked areas in which no vessel may enter for any purpose without authorization”.

BC EAO Five Pillars: Health, Environment, Social

wlng committee concerns
WLNG Committee Concerns

Noise & Light Pollution: Presentations to date have not addressed in adequate detail technical concerns related to noise and light pollution

  • DOS needs to review process for addressing noise and light pollution and monitor responses to ensure that concerns are being adequately addressed throughout the EAO and the permitting process

Flaring: Information reviewed as of Sept 2 indicates a low level of flaring but committee experts indicated that a flare may not be necessary if a HIPs system is used.

  • DOS to ask for more info as part of WLNG detailed studies

Siting:Conflicting information about international siting regulations

    • DOS staff to acquire siting guidelines document from SIGTTO for committee review

BC EAO Five Pillars: Health, Environment, Social

wlng committee concerns1
WLNG Committee Concerns

Dispersal Rate of Warm Water Plume: The technical information has not provided enough detail about the implication for marine life.

Recommendation: At a minimum the Committee is requesting an independent technical expert to present research to understand implications and potentially at amaximum that a hydrodynamic study of Howe Sound be conducted.

Worker Training: Given technical presentations to date and the committee expertise there is concern that a potential gap exists in the technical knowledge of workers during installation, operations and maintenance of process equipment that has been built offshore and is not CSA approved.

Recommendation: WLNG to provide information on the training provided to workers related to work on non-CSA process equipment

BC EAO Five Pillars: Health, Environment, Social

technical issues to be reviewed
Technical Issues To Be Reviewed

The Committee has indicated it would like more information:

On site stability study that addresses concerns generated from the 1955 foreshore slope failure

On remediation currently being done on site and planned for the future

To understand tourism impacts, quantify negative and positive implications, identify recommendations for enhancements

To understand different dimensions of economic impacts including but not limited to jobs, training, etc.

Given the technical presentation by the OGC there is concern about the capacity of the regulator to effectively monitor and regulate compliance.

BC EAO Five Pillars: Health, Environment, Social, Economic, Heritage

non technical issues to be reviewed
Non-Technical Issues To Be Reviewed

As detailed in the Committee Process Charter one of the priority issues that matters to the community is the environment and the impacts of climate change. The committee intends to review:

  • How WLNG could contribute to the community related to these issues? This could include: community amenity contributions to address local or regional concerns through research on issues as diverse as tourism education, dispersion modeling or the implications of upstream processes such as fracking.

BC EAO Five Pillars: Economic, Social, Environment, Heritage, Health

considerations
Considerations

Council request a 3rd party risk assessment, the independent consultant would be selected by the DOS

Council review and compare the final AIR against the draft, as the current AIR (Application Information Requirements) as of Sept 2 is only a draft

Council ask BC Environmental Assessment Office to explain how all damages, not just economic, from accidents and malfunctions on land or water are compensated (As of Sept 2 response was incomplete)

Council direct staff to explore implementation of on-line forum tools, surveys, polls etc to engage the community in issues such as WLNG and other development projects moving forward