Friday, July 4, 2014

BG Group highlights Ridley Island biodiversity assessment on corporate website

The process of evaluation continues for the BG Group, as one of the would be proponents of an LNG Terminal development for the North Coast examines the environmental issues related to their proposal.

The company recently highlighted some of that work on their International corporate website, providing some background into the current process of their biodiversity assessment into the project.

BG is conducting their studies into such concerns as air and water quality, freshwater and marine fisheries, vegetation and terrestrial wildlife and habitat, as well as impact on marine mammals and birds.

Upon completion of their field work, BG will work on the detailed analysis of the data that has been collected, all part of their environmental and social impact assessment. The results of which they plan to adapt to their project design, looking to minimize disruption to wildlife and fish and reduce their environmental footprint.

The company also outlines some of the financial support that they have provided to the British Columbia Cetacean Sightings Network, the local program is run by the Vancouver Aquarium and has been studying much of the marine life on the north coast in the last few years.

According to the update to the BG website, the company intends to commit to funding for the Network through to the end of this year and perhaps extending their support into the future.

Should BG deliver final investment approval for the project, the most recent time line that the company has suggested would see a four year construction process, leading to LNG shipments leaving Terminal at Ridley Island sometime in late 2019 or early 2020.

You can review the environmental update from BG from their International corporate website here.

Updates on the progress of the Prince Rupert Terminal project can be found on the Prince Rupert LNG website, while we have a wider overview of issues related to the BG project available on our archive page.

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