Interim Staff Report

Community Committee
Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas
(WLNG) Project
Interim Report
September 16, 2014
WLNG Committee Process Overview
June 7
Fortis Tour
June 26
July 3
Committee Meeting
Committee Meeting
July 17
Aug 6
Aug 21
Technical Presentation
Technical Presentation
Technical Presentation
Aug 28
Sept 2
Sept 16
Sept 18
Sept 24
Technical Presentation
Committee Meeting
Technical Presentation
Committee Meeting
Tilbury LNG storage facility & Eagle Mountain
Compressor Station
Process Charter Development
Defining Interest Based Objectives – What matters to
Clean Energy Canada & WLNG
Howard Candelet, Marine Safety Consultant & WLNG
Transport Canada, Pacific Pilotage Authority, Canadian
Coast Guard, BC Environmental Assessment & WLNG
BC Oil & Gas Commission & WLNG
Interim report development for DOS Council
Interim report presentation to DOS Council
BC Safety Authority & Fortis BC
Debrief on technical presentations
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
Given technical presentations to date the Committee has concluded that:
Electric drives are a positive decision to reduce green house gas (GHGs) and air
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
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 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 a maximum 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
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
• 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
• 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
Thank you.

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