The 215-metre LNG carrier Portovenere is typical of the size of vessel that might carry up to 80

The 215-metre LNG carrier Portovenere is typical of the size of vessel that might carry up to 80

B.C. wants to lead review of Fraser River LNG terminal

WesPac project at Tilbury in Delta would bring liquefied natural gas tankers into the mouth of the river

The B.C. government has asked to take over an environmental review of a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Delta that would bring LNG tankers into the lower Fraser River.

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The National Energy Board has already granted WesPac Midstream LNG a licence to export 3.5 million tonnes of LNG a year by tanker and barge that would be supplied by the adjacent Fortis Tilbury LNG plant.

Federal regulators with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency have set a June 11 deadline for public comment on whether an assessment is warranted, and, if so, whether a provincial review should take the place of the federal process.

Climate change activist Kevin Washbrook wants Ottawa to proceed with its own review and reject the provincial request.

“Given the B.C. government’s clear bias in favour of LNG exports, handing this over to the province would be like putting the foxes in charge of the hen house,” said Washbrook, who is also fighting coal exports.