Squamish Council rejects Woodfibre LNG's "floatel" amid safety/environmental concerns

This news report was first reported by CBC: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/squamish-floatel-permit-rejected-1.7190738. 

The District of Squamish council voted to reject a 1-yr temporary use permit for Woodfibre LNG's use of a renovated cruise ship (floatel) to house more than 600 workers.

Councillor Lauren Greenlaw expressed concerns about the associated risks and emphasized the need for further discussions regarding safety measures, including a larger bond, hazard assessments and a waste management plan.

The floating accommodation was intended to support the construction of a natural gas liquefaction and export terminal on the former site of the Woodfibre pulp mill, which, upon completion, is projected to produce 2.1 MMtpy of LNG for international markets.

According to CBC news, Woodfibre LNG president Christine Kennedy said she was disappointed with council's decision.

"The district has asked repeatedly since 2019 — to the company and to regulators — that the Woodfibre LNG project workforce be housed outside Squamish, which is exactly what the floatel delivers," Kennedy said.

"In a community that welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year, the rhetoric of some council members directed toward the skilled craft workers that will make up the project's workforce seems out of place.... If these people visited as tourists, they would be welcomed."

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