Prince Rupert Airshed Study Report
The British Columbia Ministry of Environment released the Prince Rupert Airshed Study in September 2016. The study examined possible impacts to the airshed in the Prince Rupert area with existing and proposed marine infrastructure and the potential build out of eight different LNG export facilities, including WCC LNG. Since 2015, WCC LNG has worked with the MOE, providing data on the WCC LNG project for use in the study which was reviewed by government, health authorities and First Nation partners. The results from the study demonstrated that the emissions from proposed industrial development will not have significant adverse impacts on human health or the environment. To view the full report, click here.
Spotlight on: Marine water quality
At the beginning of 2015, WCC LNG joined the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Marine Environmental Water Quality (MEWQ) program.The purpose of MEWQ is to characterize and monitor the chemical, physical and biological content of the water in Prince Rupert’s harbour.The program is designed to collect baseline data that will help us understand seasonal and spatial changes over time, compare results against acceptable provincial and federal water quality thresholds, and monitor for potential impacts that may result from activities in the port.There are 32 sampling stations set up in the Prince Rupert harbour and surrounding waters. This includes the two additional stations that were added to the study area when WCC LNG joined the program, both located in Tuck Inlet. Water samples are collected four times a year and analyzed based on their properties which include metals, bacteria, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, chlorophyll and nutrients. In addition, other properties have been measured at each site every two weeks, including water temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH, total dissolved and suspended solids, salinity and turbidity.
Why are we involved? WCC LNG is committed to a collaborative approach to conducting baseline environmental studies. Our approach to marine water quality, as a key focus area of the Project’s environmental assessment, is no different. We believe that third-party, independently-verified information adds value to our Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate. For more information about MEWQ, visit the Port Authority’s website.
What have we learned from MEWQ so far?
The results to date have shown that of the seven stations located in the inner Prince Rupert harbour, six were categorized as ‘good’ and one ‘excellent’. These categories are based on the Water Quality Index developed by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment.