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After saying it has completed an in-depth analysis of the anticipated greenhouse gas emissions associated with its construction, the federal government is opening up the floor to public commentary on the Woodfibre LNG project.

If given final approval, the $1.6-billion processing and export facility would be built at the former Woodfibre pulp mill site, roughly seven kilometres southwest of Squamish, B.C. It would produce roughly 2.1 million tonnes of liquified natural gas per year and result in up to four new tankers travelling through shipping lanes in Howe Sound per month.

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A preliminary project configuration shows the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant near Squamish, B.C. Image courtesy of Woodfibre LNG.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is now asking for citizens to comment on the analysis of its potential emissions, which found that the project's direct emissions would be low compared to other proposed projects due to its use of electricity from the grid rather than natural-gas-driven turbines.

The study itself is a direct result of the Liberal government's commitment to toughen its reviews on energy projects by including traditional Indigenous knowledge and considering their potential impacts on climate change. According to the CEAA, comments received will help inform the Environment and Climate Change Canada's determination as to whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

The deadline for submitting written comments in March 1, 2016. For more information, visit the CEAA website.

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