Communities and Regional Districts around Howe Sound have signaled strong opposition to the proposed Woodfibre LNG project. The Union of BC Municipalities has also passed a resolution urging the Federal Government to ban LNG tanker traffic in the waters of the Malaspina, Georgia, Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits, and Boundary Pass. There is no social license for the Woodfibre LNG project.
Below is an incomplete list of recent resolutions and votes:
Village of Lion's Bay, May 20, 2014
"the Village of Lions Bay urges the federal government to ban the passage of LNG tankers in the waters of the Malaspina, Georgia, Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits, and Boundary Pass."
Powell River Regional District, May 22, 2014
Resolution 9.1 Ban LNG Tankers from Howe Sound & Georgia/Haro Strait
D.Murphy/P. Brabazon THAT the Board concur with the recommendations of the Committee of the Whole to send a letter to the Premier of BC, the Prime Minister of Canada and copy to other appropriate local governments to advise the Regional District’s support for the 2008 UBCM resolution to ban LNG tanker traffic in the Georgia/Haro Straits is still in effect.
Town of Gibsons, July 15, 2014
"Gibsons Council urge the federal government to ban the passage of LNG tankers in the waters of Howe Sound and the Georgia Strait, and to request the support of other communities around the Howe Sound to support this resolution."
District of West Vancouver, July 21, 2014
"to write to the federal government with a suggestion to ban the passage of LNG tankers in the waters of Howe Sound."
Municipality of Squamish, January 20th 2015
"Council votes no to LNG pipeline test drilling in Squamish estuary"
Bowen Island Municipality: Feb 24, 2015
"Resolution regarding an LNG tanker ban in Howe Sound carried"
Municipality of Squamish, April 28th 2015
“Squamish Council voted 4-3 to send a letter to the Environmental Assessment office stating that the Woodfibre LNG project is not supportable as it stands.”
Union of BC Municipalities resolution, 2008
WHEREAS the waters of Georgia and Malaspina Straits provide a vital habitat for diverse bird and fish species, a corridor for commercial and recreational marine traffic and an attraction for upland settlement; AND WHEREAS WestPac LNG is soliciting interest to build an LNG import facility and associated 600MW gas-fired electricity generating plant on Texada Island, which will involve the passage of a significant number of LNG tankers in the Georgia Strait, which will interfere with existing marine traffic, put at risk these ecologically important and sensitive inland waters, and negatively impact upland development along this route: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the UBCM urge the federal government to ban the passage of LNG tankers in the waters of the Malaspina, Georgia, Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits, and Boundary Pass.
UBCM resolution B143 on LNG Tanker Traffic Ban in Georgia Strait