The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has been busy, opening three major projects for public comment in February. Projects like Woodfibre LNG, the Ajax mine, and Pacific Northwest are good for B.C., creating new jobs that bring wealth and prosperity in our province. Below are three projects open for public comment and we encourage you to participate and help bring them to yes. By submitting a comment, you are helping government and ministers come to a decision on the fate of these proposals.
Pacific NorthWest LNG is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Lelu Island and will create new economic and social benefits for the local community, B.C. and Canada in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner. The CEAA has found that the project would not impact Flora Bank and the livelihood of the Skeena River salmon fishery. Once in operation, Pacific NorthWest LNG would contribute up to $1.3 billion annually to federal, provincial and municipal governments in various taxes and royalties.
The substantial revenue to the various levels of government could be used to pay for a variety of regional, provincial and federal services such as health care, education and transportation.
The project would create up to 4,500 jobs during peak construction, with 330 long-term operational positions and roughly 300 local spin-off jobs.
The period for public comments expires March 11, 2016. You can submit your public comment here or access more information on the CEAA website.
This liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant proposal near Squamish is currently waiting a federal decision after the project received conditional approval from the province and Squamish nation last year. Woodfibre LNG would bring more than 650 jobs per year in additional to 100 full-time jobs in shifts for more than 25 years.
Recent studies from analysts suggest that B.C.’s investment into LNG is going to pay off in job creation and long-term profits, and poses a low risk to the environment. Public comments for this project are available on the CEAA’s website and
will remain open until March 1, 2016. Click here for more information or to submit a comment.
KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. is proposing to construct and operate the Ajax Mine Project, a copper and gold mine near Kamloops. The mine will create 1,800 construction jobs and will produce annual outputs of 109 million lbs of copper and 99,000 ounces of gold with a 23 year mine life.
The mine will also create upwards of $500 million in estimate tax revenue, and $60 million in annual payroll. This project also presents itself as an opportunity for expanded mining education within the province.
The company is holding a public information session March 15 and 16 in Kamloops to address questions and provide more information. Provincial and federal representatives will be available, as well as KGHM’s technical team.
For details on the Information Sessions, please click here or submit your public comment here. Comment period expires April 11, 2016.