VANCOUVER, B.C. — LNG Canada announced earlier today that the BC Oil and Gas Commission issued the LNG Canada project an LNG Facility Permit — one of the key permits required for the construction and operation of the proposed project.
The permit, which focuses on public and environmental safety, is going to the first LNG project in British Columbia to be eligible to receive it. It specifies that ‘the requirements the project must comply with when designing, constructing and operating the proposed LNG export facility in Kitimat.’
Andy Calitz, CEO of LNG Canada said receiving the LNG Facility Permit couldn’t have been achieved without help from the Haisla Nation or Kitimat.
“We continue to progress our project and appreciate the ongoing support from First Nations, the local community and other stakeholders,” he added.
“The OGC identified several conditions that must be met by LNG Canada to design, construct and operate the project … We have reviewed these conditions and are confident that we will meet these conditions as they are aligned with LNG Canada’s core safety values and commitment to protect the environment, the community and our workers.”
LNG Canada says they are also working closely with local emergency response organizations, as well as leading safety experts, in the development of an emergency response framework for the proposed project.
Since 2012, LNG Canada has distributed more than $1 million to community initiatives, such as emergency services, trades scholarships and community services — and contributed more than $1.5 million in programs to build awareness and help provide training for trades careers in all industries, and particularly the LNG industry.