Site preparation work is underway at Woodfibre, a former pulp mill near Squamish that investors want to use to export liquefied natural gas to Asia. (Woodfibre LNG)

Woodfibre LNG gets 40-year export licence

Squamish project highlights BC Greens’ opposition

What could be B.C.’s first liquefied natural gas export project has received its federal export licence, a step towards what global investors have considered a major industry for B.C.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announced the 40-year licence Monday for Woodfibre LNG. It is the 24th federal LNG export licence issued by Ottawa, and it represents another division between the B.C. NDP and B.C. Green Party as they move toward an alliance to take over the B.C. government.

NDP leader John Horgan has spoken in favour of Woodfibre, a former pulp mill site that is being cleaned up by investors to prepare for a small-scale export terminal using an existing pipeline route. Green leader Andrew Weaver is adamantly opposed to it.

“This is the wrong project, in the wrong place, at the wrong time,” Weaver said of Woodfibre last year. “It will hurt our climate leadership. It lacks a strong economic case, and it has received no social licence for what is being pushed forward.”

When project financing was announced in November 2016, Horgan said “B.C.’s New Democrats are supportive of Woodfibre LNG and the jobs and economic activity it will bring to our province.”

Weaver said Woodfibre received its federal environmental approval under federal rules set by the former Conservative government in Ottawa, using the B.C. environmental assessment that he did not consider adequate.

Carr, speaking during a visit to the Canadian embassy in China Monday, was bullish on the prospects for LNG from the B.C. coast, despite soft international prices as many new sources are developed around the world with advanced hydraulic fracturing.

“We know there is tremendous demand for natural gas, especially in the fast-growing countries of Asia,” Carr said. “The approval of Woodfibre LNG’s 40-year export licence provides certainty for investors while creating jobs for Canadians as the world moves toward a low-carbon future.”

Just Posted

Vipers snap Vees’ unbeaten run at 13

Vernon hands Penticton first shutout loss of the season, 4-0 at home Saturday

Holiday bears off to new homes

Annual Morning Star December giveaway draws crowd on cold Saturday morning

Legion bell prank hits sour note

Anger erupts after Summerland Legion member removes bell from Peachland Legion

T-Birds high on Hansma

Armstrong high jump star commits to UBC Thunderbirds track team

Vipers down Silverbacks

Vernon goes into Salmon Arm and wins 3-1 in B.C. Hockey League action Friday

VIDEO: B.C. women’s curling teams converge on Hope club

Weekend-long tournament hosts groups from around the province

Vehicle with dog inside stolen from Oliver gas station

A black Honda CRV was stolen from the Oliver Chevron early Sunday morning

Team Canada loses 5-2 over the Czech Republic at World Junior A Challenge

Vees’ Tychonick drops in one of Team Canada West’s pair of goals

Site C decision coming Monday

Premier John Horgan to announce fate of dam project at B.C. legislature

California couple name daughter after Revelstoke

Revy Elle Atashroo was born on Nov. 27. Her name honours the town her parents loved exploring.

VIDEO: Vancouver Whitecaps acquire star striker Kei Kamara

Kamara has 103 goals and 39 assists in 298 appearances over 11 Major League Soccer seasons

Smartphone pedometers underestimate steps, but valuable health tool: study

UBC researchers found the iPhone underestimated steps by 21.5 per cent

VIDEO: ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Latests Star Wars film premiered in style ahead of Dec. 15 theatre debut

Most Read