Survey work is performed on fish in the Lelu Island area where Pacific NorthWest LNG is proposing to build its export terminal.

GHGs, harbour porpoise effects can be mitigated: PNW president

Pacific NorthWest LNG president Michael Culbert shared some details over the company’s plans after the CEAA report was released.

Pacific NorthWest LNG president Michael Culbert shared some details last week over the company’s plans moving forward after the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) report was released in February.

Following the report’s advisory that adverse environmental effects may be caused to harbour porpoise in the area due to sound concerns, and that the area would experience adverse effects due to greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), Culbert detailed the company’s initial response.

“In the case of porpoises, absolutely we will have ideas as to what can be done to mitigate noise as far as that construction process goes,” said the president, adding that the company understands the sound threat to be temporary, with the adverse sounds ceasing once the facility is operational.

“On the greenhouse gases, we have submitted, and it was included in the report, that through technology improvement and design, we’ve actually reduced the GHGs associated with our original design … In addition to that and in addition to the way the federal government would like to look at GHGs, we were also asked to comment on our natural gas supply, which is coming from the Montney Shale Gas Basin in northeast British Columbia,” said Culbert.

“And the good news there – on average the Montney formation has significantly less GHGs than the average North American natural gas supply, so again we’re targeting a formation development of that unconventional ‘geogas’, as it’s referred to, which is very low on GHGs. So, all in all the GHGs are some of the lowest that we can possibly achieve in Canada both in technology of the LNG facility as well as the selection of a natural gas supply.”

The president added that the company would look into buying or building offsets under the carbon offset program developed by the Province of B.C. down the road when the credit system is more fleshed out.

The company will continue its dialogue with First Nations in the area by facilitating long-term environmental monitoring measures with weather, storm and fish data all the way through the construction phase and into the lifespan of the terminal.

“The discussions with First Nations are ongoing and sharing of information and collaborative discussions continue on all fronts with all the First Nations. So I think we’ve got some positive support from the First Nations Chiefs and that’s very much appreciated,” said Culbert.

Pacific NorthWest LNG will now wait for the 30-day public input period to be completed on March 11, followed by CEAA preparing a final report and submitting it to the Minister of Environment. Following her decision on the project’s effects, the project will go to review under the federal Cabinet in Ottawa.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Four air ambulance flights out of Terrace delayed or cancelled

Pandemic precautions caused nighttime closure of service station providing weather data to pilots

Skeena Resources, Tahltan prez excited by purchase of Eskay Creek

Skeena gets full control of mine, Barrick gets 12 per cent of Skeena and a one per cent royalty

Seabridge Gold starts drilling along proposed tunnel route north of Stewart

Twin tunnels will connect the KSM mine to its mill and tailings site

Mother grizzly bear with two cubs spotted on Gruchy’s Beach trail near Terrace

Conservation officers also warning public to stay away from Grizzlies on lower Kitimat River

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases not unexpected amid Phase Three of reopening: B.C.’s top doc

Keep circles small, wear masks and be aware of symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

B.C. NDP changing WorkSafeBC regulations to respond to COVID-19

Employers say reclassifying coronavirus could be ‘ruinous’

Baby raccoon rescued from 10-foot deep drainage pipe on Vancouver Island

‘Its cries were loud, pitiful and heartbreaking,’ Saanich animal control officer says

Statistical flaws led to B.C. wolf cull which didn’t save endangered caribou as estimated

Study finds statistical flaws in an influential 2019 report supporting a wolf cull

Windows broken, racist graffiti left on Okanagan home

Family says nothing like this has happened since they moved to Summerland in 1980s

B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’ charged with sex assault of teenage boys

The man, 75, is accused of assaulting teenage boys he met through Coquitlam-area churches

B.C.’s potential deficit $12.5 billion as spending spikes, taxes drop

Finance Minister Carole James gives COVID-19 outlook

Canadians torn on scaling back COVID-19 benefits to save money: poll

Of those surveyed, 78 per cent said they were worried about the size of the deficit

‘Trauma equals addiction’: Why some seek solace in illicit drugs

Part 2: Many pushed into addiction by ‘toxic stress,’ says White Rock psychologist

Most Read