Revisions to Pacific NorthWest LNG’s Lelu Island terminal means a delay in approval for the environmental assessment.

Approval of Lelu terminal delayed

Changes to Pacific NorthWest LNG's Lelu Island terminal has pushed the potential green light date.

Changes to the design of Pacific NorthWest LNG’s terminal on Lelu Island have pushed back the potential date of an green light from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA).

The 365-day environmental assessment cycle came to a halt on May 9 after the CEAA requested more information about the terminal and its impact on salmon in the area. The Globe and Mail reports that even if the assessment were to resume this week  the earliest approval could be received is May, 2015.

However, Pacific NorthWest LNG spokesperson Spencer Sproule said the delay allowed changes to be made to benefit the region.

“Pacific NorthWest LNG proposed a number of mitigations in response to feedback we heard from the community, particularly regarding Flora Bank and the marine environment. These mitigations, including building a suspended bridge from Lelu Island over Flora Bank to Agnew Bank requires more data collection and information to be submitted to the regulator,” he said.

“We are working hard to ensure that we provide all the information that is required for the regulator, and the public, to make an informed decision on what we think is a world class LNG facility and a tremendous opportunity for British Columbia and Canada.”

Despite the delay, Sproule said the company remains on-track for a final investment decision by year’s end.

“Regulatory approvals are one of numerous components that inform a final investment decision — I cannot speculate on whether all components are required for a final investment decision to take place,” he said.

Just Posted

WEB POLL: Is hockey part of your identity as a Canadian?

Prince Rupert is Hometown Hockey! Is the sport part of your national identity?

Prince Rupert Rampage in the community

A focus on giving back makes the team popular both on and off the ice

Prince Rupert’s service providers on a mission to end addiction stigma

Friendship House, Hülsen and other services collaborate on National Addiction Awareness Week

School’s out for hockey

Hometown Hockey made a stop at Prince Rupert Middle School on Friday afternoon

WATCH: Prince Rupert remembers Dec. 6, 1989

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at Montreal’s École Polytechnique

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions visits Prince Rupert for first time

Service challenges tops Minister Judy Darcy’s trip

The Northern View presents Santa Shops Here in Prince Rupert

More reasons to spend your shopping dollars locally

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Coastal GasLink receives first delivery of pipe sections

Company expects to begin welding and pipe laying in 2020

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

Most Read