B.C. gives LNG project conditional approval

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The government of British Columbia has issued a conditional approval of a liquified natural gas project led by Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

The B.C.’s Environment Assessment Office conducted a review and issued the LNG Canada Export Terminal located in Kitimat, B.C., an assessment certificate.

The certificate that came from Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman embodied 24 conditions, which are legally-binding requirements that LNG Canada must meet to be in compliance with the certificate.

Some key conditions are to monitor air quality (which was of concern in the assessment), monitor impacts to marine mammals, continue consulting with aboriginal groups, develop a traffic management plan to minimize disruptions during construction and to develop a greenhouse gas emissions plan.

“The LNG Canada Export Terminal Project underwent a thorough science-based environmental assessment conducted by the Government of British Columbia, which included extensive and meaningful consultations with the public and Aboriginal groups,” Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq said in a press release.

The LNG project will still require various federal, provincial and local government permits in order to be fully approved.

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