The BC Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) and Pacific NorthWest LNG hosted open houses in Prince Rupert and Port Edward last week, the third round of open houses in communities on the proposed Lelu Island LNG terminal.
The open houses were part of the BCEAO’s public comment period, with representatives from BCEAO and the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency in attendance gathering input. There were also representatives from Stantec, the project’s environmental consulting team, and more than 10 members of the project team available to answer people’s questions.
More than 40 people attended the open house in Port Edward, with over 100 Rupertites showing up to the Crest on Wednesday night. Spencer Sproule, Pacific NorthWest LNG’s senior advisor of corporate affairs, said the company was pleased with the amount of people interested in the project.
“It’s an important opportunity for the community to come and learn more about the project. We’re really pleased with the attendance and the discussions we had. Every conversation we have with folks in communities helps us build a better project,” he said.
In Prince Rupert, Sproule said people were interested in the marine-aspect of the project, as well as employment opportunities, whereas in Port Edward people were interested with how the site would look and sound.
In this round of open houses in the area, new visualizations of the facility from different viewpoints in Port Edward were available, which Sproule said were of interest to residents.
Port Edward residents may notice helicopter activity and a drilling rig on and around Lelu Island for the remainder of the month, and in December, as the project conducts a second round of geotechnical studies. Work is being done to get core samples of rock that will assist with planning the design of the facility and components for the environmental assessment.