In an update to Squamish council, Woodfibre LNG highlighted the investment it has made in the community and businesses as well the remediation of the site.
“Since 2013, we have contributed over $3 million to the Squamish community in taxes and contributions, approximately $10 million in contracts to Squamish Nation business partners, and over $12 million in the cleanup and remediation of the Woodfibre site,” said David Keane, President of Woodfibre LNG.
“Community has always come first for us at Woodfibre – and we are proud to continue to invest in the community and in our Squamish Nation partners.”
Woodfibre LNG says it has been conducting remediation work to clean up the remnants of a 100-year-old pulp and paper mill at the site, which included the removal of approximately 4,000 creosote pilings, hundreds of old tires, and tonnes of rebar and concrete.
The work has been ongoing with the support of the Squamish Nation and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the company said.
“By the time all the work is complete, most of the historical pulp mill equipment and infrastructure, and toxic marine infrastructure will be removed from the Woodfibre LNG site. Plans for additional remediation include the future closure of an old on-site landfill,” the company said.
This work will continue to be carried out in partnership with Squamish Nation, as well as local groups and societies where possible, so that local conservation and restoration data is kept up to date, WLNG added.