How will this project impact your community?
Decreased property values, increased crime and substance abuse, unaffordable rental accommodation.
Resource development projects, such as pipelines, or in this case, the proposed Woodfibre LNG export facility and transiting tankers, have the potential to impact property values. Both direct impacts (following an accident with tankers or pipelines) or the perception of impacts (the possibility that an accident may happen) were clearly linked to reduced property values. Directly impacted properties can devalue by 10-40%, while properties nearby can also see a 5-8% reduction in value. Source: CRED BC
Woodfibre LNG is estimating 895 construction jobs over 2 years. These will be a mix of highly skilled and specialized jobs that the proponent admits will be filled by workers from outside the community, depending on the expertise available in Squamish. Only 38.5 of these jobs are currently estimated to go to Squamish locals (See Table 6.2-8 of the Labour Market section of Woodfibre LNG’s environmental assessment application).
Studies during construction of similar industrial projects with large numbers of temporary construction workers show that:
- the number of workplace accidents increase.
- crime and substance abuse and misuse increase which leads to an increase in traffic accidents and collisions, as well as increased domestic violence.
- the additional demands on hospitals, counselling, police, and ambulance services results in reduced service capacity for residents.