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REPORTING · 10th December 2013
Walter McFarlane
A public open house took place as a part of the public comment period as a part of the BC Environmental process for the proposed LNG Canada Facility on Wednesday, November 27th. The event was hosted by the Environmental Assessment Office.

“They are currently in the BC Environmental Process. The open house today will allow people to learn more about our regulatory process and learn more about the project LNG Canada is proposing. We are looking to help folks understand these things so they could help us by commenting on projects,” said Scott Bailey, Executive Project Director.

They are trying to get input on whether or not the company is collecting the right information and doing the correct studies to determine what the project’s impacts will be.

“For us, this is another opportunity to hear directly from the public in the community about any questions they might have about the project, to understand what’s important to them in terms of key issues they want to see addressed as a part of the environmental assessment. Gives us an opportunity to develop the relationships that, over time, we can lean on and they can lean on us to make sure we do inform the project so that it is something they can accept,” said Susannah Pierce, General Manager of LNG Canada.

Piercestated she wants LNG Canada to be the first out of the gate. “We are not just competing with ourselves, in terms of delivering Canadian gas to the Asian Markets; we are competing with everyone else who wants to deliver that gas to the Asian Markets. That opportunity to deliver a project that’s fully supported, not only through the regulatory process but through the public, I think steps us out ahead,” said Pierce.

This process is expected to end later this week, on December 13th. There is a document on the BC Environmental Assessment Website which outlines all of the studies which the proponent will undertake. If you missed the open house, then you can visit the EAO Website or the LNG Canada Office at the old Methanex site.

The overall assessment process for this project is expected to take less than two years.