B.C. wants feds to stay out of environmental assessment for Fraser River LNG project

The provincial government has asked the federal Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to stay out of the environmental review process of a controversial jetty that could bring in more than 120 liquefied natural gas tankers up the Fraser River.

In a letter, provincial environmental assessment associate minister Kevin Jardine asks CEAA president Ron Hallman to allow B.C.’s environmental assessment of the project substitute the federal one, in case the CEAA determines a federal evaluation is needed.

CEAA has until July 6 to make a decision on whether it will be involved.

If the substitution is approved, the B.C. environmental assessment office would conduct a single process that meets both federal and provincial requirements. The B.C. and federal governments would then make separate decisions on whether to approve the project.

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