The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said Jan. 12 that it must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed WCC LNG Project, located in British Columbia.
To assist it in making its decision, the agency is seeking comments from the public until Feb. 2 on the project and its potential effects on the environment. The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office, which recenly got an application for the project, has requested the substitution of the B.C. environmental assessment process for the federal process if it is determined that an environmental assessment is required. The federal agency is also seeking comments on this request.
The federal Minister of the Environment, Leona Aglukkaq, must approve the substitution request if she is satisfied that the conditions for substitution are met and if she is of the opinion that the B.C. process would be an appropriate substitute for an environmental assessment of this project by the federal agency.
WCC LNG Project LLC proposes to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas export facility and associated marine terminal located on the eastern shore of Tuck Inlet on the Tsimshian Peninsula, within the limits of the City of Prince Rupert. The facility at full build out would have a storage capacity of approximately 1,600,000 m3 and would produce up to 30 million tonnes per year of liquefied natural gas. The proposed project would generate, at full build out, around 500 MW of electrical power through gas-fired turbine or steam turbine capacity. Options for power off the BC Hydro grid are also being looked at.
The backers of WCC LNG are ExxonMobil Canada and Imperial Oil Resources.