Steelhead LNG and Malahat Nation place great importance on respect for the environment. Before making a final investment decision on whether to build the LNG facility, Steelhead LNG will conduct comprehensive environmental studies to understand the existing conditions of the areas potentially affected by the Project. These studies will be undertaken with participation of the Malahat Nation, environmental experts, scientists, engineers and those with traditional knowledge about these areas.

The project will also be subject to a rigorous environmental assessment process the Provincial and Federal governments and will meet or exceed all applicable regulatory requirements. Throughout this process, Steelhead LNG will share information and seek feedback through consultation with potentially affected First Nations and the public, which will help guide the development of the proposed Project.

WHAT WILL BE STUDIED?

We will study key components of the environment that have the potential to be affected by the project and are considered to have scientific, ecological, economic, social, cultural, archaeological, historical or other importance to not only the Malahat Nation, but also the public, other First Nations, scientists, technical specialists and Provincial and Federal governments.

The different components to be studied as part of the environmental assessment will be determined through consultation with the Malahat Nation, the public and other First Nations whose traditional territory may potentially be affected by the project, and the Provincial and Federal governments.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

What is the environmental assessment process?

The Environment Assessment process is a rigorous assessment of potential effects of a project on the environment.

How does the environmental assessment process work?

The environmental assessment process is divided into two phases:

(1) the Pre-Application Phase and
(2) the Application Review Phase

PRE-APPLICATION PHASE

Submit a “Project Description” to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA Agency). The “Project Description” is a high level overview of what a Project will be.

STEP 1: The EAO will issue an order which says that a project cannot proceed without undertaking an environmental assessment. Once this happens, a working group will be formed. The working group is made up of First Nations, local governments, government agencies and the CEA Agency.

STEP 2: The EAO will issue an order which says that a project cannot proceed without undertaking an environmental assessment. Once this happens, a working group will be formed. The working group is made up of First Nations, local governments, government agencies and the CEA Agency.

STEP 3: The EAO will issue another order. This order tells the project team which First Nations they have to consult with, and how to consult them. This order also states how the project team must consult with members of the public, what parts of the project will be assessed, what effects will be considered in the assessment and the activities for which the project team is responsible for.

STEP 4: The project team puts together draft terms of reference called an Application Information Requirements (also known as the AIR). The AIR is an important document that lays out what components will be addressed in the assessment and what information must be included in the Application (for example, which baseline studies). The AIR is similar to a table of contents; whatever is in the AIR must be in the Application. This document is then reviewed and commented on by the working group, and then the public through a public comment period.

STEP 5: The project team puts together the Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate. The information included in the Application must follow the information set out in the AIR. If the AIR is similar to a table of contents, then the Application is like the book that follows it. In the Application, the project team will take the information that they gathered through the environmental baseline work and conduct an “effects assessment”. The effects assessment identifies what the potential effects of the project would be.

STEP 6: The project team submits the Application. The EAO and the working group reviews the Application to ensure that it contains all the information outlined in the AIR. If the Application does not have all the information requested in the AIR, it will not be accepted.

THE APPLICATION REVIEW STAGE BEGINS

STEP 7: During the Application review, the EAO and the working group review and comment on the application. The public also has an opportunity to comment on the Application.

STEP 8: The EAO puts together an assessment report which includes the findings of the Application, together with confirmation of the concerns that have been addressed and the outstanding issues. The EAO provides that report to First Nations and the working group for their input. This Report is then given to the Minister of Environment and (with an LNG project) the Minister of Natural Gas for their review. The Ministers must then make a decision on whether to approve the project and provide it with an environmental assessment certificate.

 

 

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