The proposed marine jetty project at Tilbury Island is currently undergoing an Environmental Assessment to meet both the provincial BC Environmental Assessment Act (BCEAA) and the federal Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA 2012). In May 2015, Wespac Midstream LLC submitted a project description and is now in the pre-application stage of the environmental assessment process. The BC Environmental Assessment Office held a 30-day Public Comment Period to receive feedback on proposed valued components for this project between November 20, 2015 and December 21, 2015. Visit the Wespac Midstream website for information.
WesPac Midstream LLC is proposing to construct a marine jetty facility north of the existing FortisBC liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Tilbury Island in Delta, BC. The proposed marine jetty would provide for the berthing of marine barges and carriers and the transfer of LNG for delivery to local fuel markets and offshore export markets.
This proposal triggers both the BC Environmental Assessment Act (as the project involves dredging more than two hectares of submerged land) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (as the proposed new marine terminal is designed to handle ships larger than 25,000 Dead Weight Tonnes).
The province, through the BC Environmental Assessment Office, made the formal determination that the project is subject to an environmental assessment and subsequently made a request to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency for substitution which was granted by the federal Minister of the Environment. Substitution is a new tool enabled by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, wherein if both federal and provincial environmental assessments are required, there can be a single review process (the provincial one) and two decisions (federal and provincial). A substitution agreement sets out additional federal requirements to be considered during the environmental assessment process.
BC Environmental Assessment Office - Project Information Centre
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
For any questions on Delta's involvement, please contact:
Mike Brotherston, Manager of Climate Action & Environment