The federal government has given conditional approval to the massive Pacific NorthWest LNG project planned for British Columbia’s northwest coast.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc travelled to Richmond, B.C., to announce their government’s acceptance of what is expected to be one of the largest infrastructure investments in Canadian history.
There are 190 legally binding conditions attached to the approval.
The Petronas-led $36-billion liquefied natural gas project on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, would ship 19 million tonnes a year of liquefied gas to markets in Asia.
The project, which includes an export terminal and pipeline, is also expected to produce more than five million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
A draft assessment from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency earlier this year found that the project would likely cause significant adverse environmental effects.
The federal government says they will work closely with Indigenous groups
The project has drawn criticism both for the carbon emissions it would cause and for the possible impact that the export terminal would have on the wild salmon habitat in the Skeena River estuary.