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WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty Project — Public Comments Invited

May 22, 2015 — As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty Project, located in British Columbia (B.C.). To assist it in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment.

Substitution Request

The Government of B.C. has requested to substitute the B.C. environmental assessment process for the CEAA 2012 process if it is determined that an environmental assessment is required. The Agency is also seeking comments on this request.

In considering the Government of B.C.'s request, the federal Minister of the Environment must be satisfied, under CEAA 2012, that:

  • the process to be substituted will include a consideration of the factors set out in subsection 19(1) of CEAA 2012;
  • the public will be given an opportunity to participate in the environmental assessment;
  • the public will have access to records in relation to the environmental assessment to enable their meaningful participation;
  • at the end of the environmental assessment, a report will be submitted to the Agency;
  • the report will be made available to the public; and
  • any other conditions the Minister establishes are or will be met.

The Minister would also establish the following additional conditions for this project:

  • the involvement of expert federal departments in the B.C. process;
  • the Government of B.C. meeting the CEAA 2012 365-day timeframe for completing the environmental assessment;
  • the Government of B.C. conducting procedural aspects of Aboriginal consultation; and
  • the Government of B.C. making available to Aboriginal groups funding provided by the Agency to support consultation during the substituted environmental assessment.

The Government of B.C.'s substitution request is made in accordance with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Agency and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office to enable efficient and timely use of the CEAA 2012 substitution provisions. The MOU addresses the processes leading to substitution, the conduct of the substituted environmental assessment and associated Aboriginal consultation, and the coordination of decision making, monitoring and follow-up after the environmental assessment. The MOU and a backgrounder on substitution under CEAA 2012 are available on the Agency's website.

Public Comments

Written comments on the need for a federal environmental assessment and on the substitution request must be submitted by June 11, 2015 to:

WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC  V7Y 1C6
Telephone: 604-666-2431
Fax: 604-666-6990
CEAA.TilburyJetty-JeteeTilbury.ACEE@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Map depicting the location of the project, as described in the current document.

To view a summary of the project description or for more information on the project, the substitution request and the environmental assessment process, visit the Agency's website (Registry reference number 80105). All comments received will be considered public.

The Agency will post its decision to its website stating whether a federal environmental assessment is required. If it is determined that a federal environmental assessment is required, a notice of the Minister's decision on the request for substitution will also be posted on the Agency's website.

The Proposed Project

WesPac Midstream – Vancouver LLC (WesPac) proposes the construction and operation of a new marine terminal facility located on Tilbury Island, along the South Arm of the Fraser River in Delta, British Columbia. As proposed, the WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty Project includes the loading of liquefied natural gas (LNG) onto LNG carriers and barges for export to local and global markets. The facility is expected to operate for a minimum of 30 years.

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