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Community Committee Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (WLNG) Project Interim Report September 16, 2014.

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1 Community Committee Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (WLNG) Project Interim Report September 16, 2014

2 WLNG Committee Process Overview June 7Fortis Tour Tilbury LNG storage facility & Eagle Mountain Compressor Station June 26 Committee MeetingProcess Charter Development July 3Committee MeetingDefining Interest Based Objectives – What matters to community July 17Technical PresentationClean Energy Canada & WLNG Aug 6Technical Presentation Howard Candelet, Marine Safety Consultant & WLNG Aug 21Technical Presentation Transport Canada, Pacific Pilotage Authority, Canadian Coast Guard, BC Environmental Assessment & WLNG Aug 28Technical Presentation BC Oil & Gas Commission & WLNG Sept 2Committee Meeting Interim report development for DOS Council Sept 16PresentationInterim report presentation to DOS Council Sept 18Technical PresentationBC Safety Authority & Fortis BC Sept 24 Committee Meeting Debrief on technical presentations

3 WLNG Committee Process Overview BC EAO five pillars: Economic, Social, Environment, Health, Heritage WLNG Committee’s five fundamental objectives and related sub-objectives that matter to the community Minimize Environmental Impacts – Ie: noise, GHGs, air, visual, light, health, wildlife/marine life impacts… Consider Full Life Cycle Safety – Ie: siting, accidents & malfunctions, LNG carrier safety… Maximize Community Benefits, Opportunity and Character – Ie: exceed requirements, enhance Squamish brand, positive legacy… Maximize Economic Benefit – Ie: jobs, taxes, revenue, economic development… Demonstrate Corporate Citizenship – Ie: engage community, increase transparency, enhance reputation…

4 WLNG Committee Interim Conclusions Given technical presentations to date the Committee has concluded that: Electric drives are a positive decision to reduce green house gas (GHGs) and air pollution Given technical presentations by independent consultants, provincial and federal regulators: LNG carriers have highest safety & design regulations in the world and are considered safe Transport Canada and the Pacific Pilotage Authority have stated that “exclusion zones” are not necessary and are not being applied for this project. Exclusion zones are defined by Transport Canada as: “marked areas in which no vessel may enter for any purpose without authorization”. BC EAO Five Pillars: Health, Environment, Social

5 WLNG Committee Concerns Noise & Light Pollution: Presentations to date have not addressed in adequate detail technical concerns related to noise and light pollution DOS needs to review process for addressing noise and light pollution and monitor responses to ensure that concerns are being adequately addressed throughout the EAO and the permitting process Flaring: Information reviewed as of Sept 2 indicates a low level of flaring but committee experts indicated that a flare may not be necessary if a HIPs system is used. DOS to ask for more info as part of WLNG detailed studies Siting: Conflicting information about international siting regulations DOS staff to acquire siting guidelines document from SIGTTO for committee review BC EAO Five Pillars: Health, Environment, Social

6 WLNG Committee Concerns Dispersal Rate of Warm Water Plume: The technical information has not provided enough detail about the implication for marine life. Recommendation: At a minimum the Committee is requesting an independent technical expert to present research to understand implications and potentially at a maximum that a hydrodynamic study of Howe Sound be conducted. Worker Training: Given technical presentations to date and the committee expertise there is concern that a potential gap exists in the technical knowledge of workers during installation, operations and maintenance of process equipment that has been built offshore and is not CSA approved. Recommendation: WLNG to provide information on the training provided to workers related to work on non-CSA process equipment BC EAO Five Pillars: Health, Environment, Social

7 Technical Issues To Be Reviewed The Committee has indicated it would like more information: On site stability study that addresses concerns generated from the 1955 foreshore slope failure On remediation currently being done on site and planned for the future To understand tourism impacts, quantify negative and positive implications, identify recommendations for enhancements To understand different dimensions of economic impacts including but not limited to jobs, training, etc. Given the technical presentation by the OGC there is concern about the capacity of the regulator to effectively monitor and regulate compliance. BC EAO Five Pillars: Health, Environment, Social, Economic, Heritage

8 Non-Technical Issues To Be Reviewed As detailed in the Committee Process Charter one of the priority issues that matters to the community is the environment and the impacts of climate change. The committee intends to review: How WLNG could contribute to the community related to these issues? This could include: community amenity contributions to address local or regional concerns through research on issues as diverse as tourism education, dispersion modeling or the implications of upstream processes such as fracking. BC EAO Five Pillars: Economic, Social, Environment, Heritage, Health

9 Considerations Council request a 3 rd party risk assessment, the independent consultant would be selected by the DOS Council review and compare the final AIR against the draft, as the current AIR (Application Information Requirements) as of Sept 2 is only a draft Council ask BC Environmental Assessment Office to explain how all damages, not just economic, from accidents and malfunctions on land or water are compensated (As of Sept 2 response was incomplete) Council direct staff to explore implementation of on-line forum tools, surveys, polls etc to engage the community in issues such as WLNG and other development projects moving forward

10 Thank you.

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