The proposed siting of this LNG terminal and transit of LNG tankers through Howe Sound poses an unacceptable risk to safety of people in communities along the shores of Howe Sound.
Remember Lac Megantic? What about the Mt Polley tailings pond spill? These were government-regulated industries and these accidents were never meant to happen. What is the worse-case scenario?
On February 15th, 2015, a 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit Vancouver's coast that was felt throughout Howe Sound. The Woodfibre LNG proposal is located within this zone of moderate to high earthquake risk, on two known thrust faults. Source: B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines
A seismologist from Natural Resources Canada has warned that “the big one” is just a matter of time. Do you think it is smart to site explosive Class A hazardous material on a site that has a history of landslides?
Fjords are frequently subject to landslides and debris flows and the Woodfibre site has a history of slope failure. In 1955 a wharf and three warehouses collapsed into Howe Sound at the Woodfibre site, causing $500,000 – $750,000 in damages (Bornhold, B.D., 1983, Fiords, GEOS, no. 1, p 1-4). The Woodfibre site is not a safe location for a hazardous LNG facility.
A recent, but unreleased, geotechnical study by Knight Piesold supports this conclusion. The report identifies that approximately 46% of the study area was mapped as having rapid mass movement. This means landslides and slope slumpage... including existing natural landslide hazards as well as terrain where construction activity may increase landslide initiation.
Source: Section 5.6-16 Geotechnical and Natural Hazards of Woodfibre LNG’s environmental assessment application.
Ship-to-ship transfers of LNG are especially dangerous in high winds as piping becomes inflexible at -162 degrees Celsius. SIGTTO and most ports prohibit these transfers in wind speeds/gusts over 25 knots, which is the average afternoon summer wind speed in Squamish.
The unique design of having a floating storage facility means that shore-to-ship transfers are also a problem for this proposal.