Year in Review: Liquefied Natural Gas

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Even more LNG proposals were put on the table this year, bringing the total in the works for the province over 20.

The most recent decision on an was that of the Tsawwassen First Nation, who voted against a proposed LNG terminal in Tsawwassen.

The Woodfibre LNG project out of Squamish was approved for an Environmental Assessment Certificate in October, moving forward with support from the Squamish First Nation.

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The review for the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, proposed for Lelu island off of Prince Rupert, also started up again, after being halted in June of this year. That project still faces concern from residents in the region, especially the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation over the Salmon habitat on Flora Bank.

The Keystone XL Pipeline was rejected by U.S. President Barack Obama in November. The deal involves a cross-boundary pipeline from the U.S. to Canada, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called his rejection of the pipeline ‘disappointing.’

Steelhead LNG is moving forward with proposals for two LNG facilities on Vancouver Island — Malahat, and Sarita.

Earlier this month, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission also confirmed that a 4.6 magnitude earthquake in August was caused by fracking.

A third annual B.C. LNG Conference was hosted in Vancouver in October, and Mayor of Fort St. John Lori Ackerman spoke at the conference.

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