One of the hottest topics in Squamish at the moment is the Woodfibre LNG proposal. Woodfibre LNG is a privately owned company (part of the Singapore-based business group RGE – Royal Golden Eagle – Ltd.) hoping to convert the old pulp mill just south of Squamish into a liquified natural gas (LNG) processing plant. Liquified natural gas is produced – via fracking – in northern BC, and due to pre-existing zoning and infrastructure (a natural gas pipeline currently runs just behind the old pulp mill to provide natural gas to the Sunshine Coast), the powers that be have identified this site as a good place to process the natural gas.
There is quite a bit of concern about this proposal both in Squamish and in other Howe Sound and Sea-to Sky communities. Many residents are concerned about the environmental, health, and economic effects of the LNG industry and this particular project. Last week, I attended a community meeting at the Squamish Adventure Center to learn more. The event was put on by My Sea to Sky (http://myseatosky.org/) and The Future of Howe Sound Society (http://futureofhowesound.org/), two groups working to oppose Woodfibre LNG.
The event was informative, but left me with a lot of questions. Here are more resources for you should you choose to educate yourself about the proposal:
LNG Woodfibre`s Website: http://www.woodfibrelng.ca/
LNG Woodfibre article in the Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/woodfibre-lng-project-to-be-running-by-2017-premier-clark/article18503077/
Currently, Woodfiber LNG is working through the official permitting process, which includes public information nights and opportunities for stakeholders to comment on the proposal. This is sure to be an ongoing hot topic in Squamish throughout the summer and continuing on into the fall.