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REPORTING · 19th November 2014
Walter McFarlane
LNG Canada was at the Regular Meeting of Council on Monday, November 17th to give an update for 2014. Jane Newlands, the Community Consultation and Social Performance manager stepped up to give the report.

“As most of you are aware, LNG Canada is a joint venture between Shell, Petro China International, Mitsubishi and Co Gas and we are working together to design, build and operate a natural gas, liquefaction and Marine Terminal here in Kitimat. Tonight, I want to give you an update on our environmental assessment application which has been accepted as well as additional permits that would be required,” said Newlands.

She explained they believe that their relationship with the local communities is the foundation of their projects success and they are consulting with the Council and the Public to ensure the local knowledge is incorporated into the projects plan and design.

Newlands expressed they are attempting to be a project of choice and they are addressing key areas of interest and community issues. These include the use of renewable power and energy efficient turbines, they have chosen a site already zoned for industrial use and marine terminal, they are locating the project as far away from homes, building a self-sufficient worker accommodation village and are working with the local community. They are working on the communities need water access.

“We recently submitted our environmental assessment certificate application and this was accepted by the EAO Office kicking off a project review. The environmental assessment evaluates the potential project effects and social and environmental areas. It also takes a worst case scenario approach even though many of those are not likely to occur and this allows us to understand the range of effects and minimize those effects and take measure to avoid or reduce them,” said Newlands.

She reminded Council she worked with them and others to grade the application requirements. They looked at a number of topics. She gave Council a copy of their Environmental Assessment Summery. Their project will be among the lowest CO2 emitting LNG facilities in the world and will be expanding their air quality studies.

“We estimate that LNG Canada will pay approximately $94,000,000 in regional taxes during construction and approximately $15,000,000 annually once we are in operations. We estimate that about 300-450 full time jobs for the two train, two production unit project and increasing to 450 to 800 local jobs if we bump to four full trains,” said Newlands.

She stated they are moving into the public comment period for their Environmental Assessment. People can view their application online, at their offices in Kitimat and at the local library. They will be having an open house on November 25th at the Rod and Gun Club from 5 until 8 and there project team members will be there to share information with the public.

There is also a workshop the following day. People need to RSVP for that workshop. They are willing to meet with groups interested in the environmental assessment application. Finally, they are encouraging people to submit a comment to the Environmental Assessment Office through their website. Copies of the summery are on the website and in their office.

Newlands told Council there are a number of other permits they will have to acquire, including a Fisheries Authorization Act Permit, a Termpol Process, a Facilities Permit and a Disposal at Sea Permit. They will be applying for those in the New Year. They are setting up a community advisory committee.

Finally, she presented to Mayor Joanne Monaghan a copy of the signed commitment document which was signed in October. Members of the community were invited to come down and sign the wall.