Britannia Beach workcamp open house

LandSea has applied for the second time to build a temporary workcamp for approximately 500 workers in Britannia Beach.

This workcamp will only go ahead if Woodfibre LNG or the FortisBC pipeline go ahead, however the news release disingenuously neglects to mention either of these two projects.

This Thursday, there is an open house at the Britannia Mine Museum, and we need to be there en masse. We need to show Woodfibre LNG that we are watching their every step, and that we will continue to hold them accountable.

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, counseling, police, and ambulance services results in reduced service capacity for residents.

How will Britannia Beach, a village of ~300 people, be impacted by a workcamp with up to 500 temporary workers? What will 500 workers do after they knock off from their workday? How dangerous will the Sea to Sky highway become as these workers head into Squamish or Vancouver for entertainment?

Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC both indicated that they would be responsible for housing their workers. Allowing a third party to apply on their behalf is a sneaky attempt to fly under the radar. Last time the application was rejected as the SLRD told Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC to come forward with a proposal that would result in long-term rental housing for the area. This proposal falls far short of that, and is even bigger than last time.

However, IF (and that is a big IF) Woodfibre LNG does go ahead, it's important to note that there are benefits to housing the workers in adequate lodgings, rather than trying to house 500 or more workers in existing housing in Britannia Beach and Squamish where we are already dealing with a housing crisis.

See the news release for more info about the open house.

Thank you for helping to hold Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC accountable.


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