Vancouver Steelhead LNG project aborted

South Vancouver Island The LNG terminal was due to be built on on the Malahat Nation-owned Bamberton Industrial Lands

Malahat Nation and Steelhead LNG have scrapped plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal on South Vancouver Island.

The Malahat LNG project on the Malahat Nation-owned Bamberton Industrial Lands will not go ahead based on “several factors” as Steelhead LNG “focus on developing a project that “delivers low-cost LNG that is globally competitive.”

Steelhead LNG said it and Malahat LNG have been “exploring the project together for nearly two years, conducting environmental studies, engaging local First Nations and communities, and undertaking engineering work.”

Community opposition

According to CBC News, Adam Olsen, the B.C. Green Party MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, said that community opposition to the proposed LNG plant included pollution concerns and the opposition to running loaded tanker ships past residential neighbourhood on the Saanich peninsula.

Mr Olsen reportedly said the project also faced the challenge of getting an underwater natural gas pipeline to the Saanich Inlet terminal site, from Cherry Point in Washington State through the Gulf Islands and an environmentally protected area.

WSANEC First Nations has also previously expressed its disapproval of the project.

Steelhead LNG said that “Malahat members” had contributed more than 2,200 hours of work as field assistants on the early environmental studies.

It added that the information and data collected together has provided a better understanding of the Bamberton Lands and surrounding areas, which it hopes can be used to support future Malahat Nation initiatives.

The company is continuing to explore the Kwispaa LNG project (formerly Sarita LNG), located southwest of Port Alberni on the island.

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