Woodfibre LNG seeks regulatory amendment to enable pulp mill remediation

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Woodfibre LNG is seeking what is called a "simple amendment" to its Environmental Assessment Certificate to more broadly define the term "construction."

Basically, the project that its original certificate defines construction in a way that would mean some remediation work — not related to the actual building of the facility — could not go ahead.

The proposed Woodfibre project is located on the site of a former pulp mill that was closed in 2006.

"Since acquiring the property in 2015, Woodfibre LNG has been working to remove the remnants of the previous pulp mill," reads the application, adding that the continued remediation work on the site is in accordance with the Squamish Nation's direction.

The planned work includes removing and crushing concrete slabs and recycling rebar; demolishing and disposing of the old First Aid building; removal of a pedestrian bridge; stockpiling of crushed concrete for landfill capping and other remediation activities; sludge removal; and capping the landfill.

The definition of "construction" as it stands would not allow for this remediation work and thus the definition needs to be amended, according to Woodfibre LNG's application.

The work would need to be done on the site with or without the LNG facility going ahead, the application also states.

The $1.8-billion Woodfibre LNG project is expected to reach a final investment decision this summer.

Owner Pacific Oil & Gas Ltd. recently announced it would purchase Calgary-based natural gas producer Cambrian Energy Inc.

— Squamish Chief