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Squamish, a city caught between the tree and the bark of the rush for liquefied natural gas

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Feb8,2024

Squamish, town caught between the tree and

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Construction of the Woodfibre LNG terminal is well and truly underway, but opponents still hope to slow down its completion or, at the very least, limit its impact on the Squamish community.

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The first shovel of earth for the tunnel was made last August and a ferry with more than 600 rooms is waiting at the gates of Vancouver to take the road to Squamish to welcome the workers who will build the factory. All signs point to the realization of the Woodfibre LNG project, which has been in the works for more than ten years. However, the Municipality of Squamish and citizen groups still hope to limit the impacts of the massive project on their community.

Tracey Saxby, co-founder of the My Sea to Sky organization, has led the charge against the plant's establishment in the region since 2014. Monday morning, she returned from a demonstration to denounce the project.

They will extract gas in the north of the province, transport it here and export it, she deplores. We're creating a new fossil fuel industry at a time when we're facing a climate crisis.

His group, My Sea to Sky, has attempted to curb the proposed liquefied natural gas export through legal channels, with two cases currently underway to limit the project's effects on local flora and fauna. .

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Tracey Saxby, co-founder of My Sea to Sky, has been campaigning for 10 years to preserve Howe Sound and block Woodfibre LNG.

In 2015, My Sea to Sky also started a petition calling for the project to be stopped, which accumulated more than 23,000 signatures. According to Tracey Saxby, the opposition against Woodfibre LNG is still there, 10 years after the first mobilizations.

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Although the mobilization does not seem as significant as at the start of the project, such as during the demonstration of 300 people in November 2016, Tracey Saxby believes that the opposition manifests itself differently.

In the city center, residents share the activist's point of view. I think the world is going in a completely different direction right now and it's a little strange for us to choose LNG when we should be turning to renewable energies, says Kayla Mak, a music teacher from Squamish.

Alyssa Noël, for her part, worries about the effects of the labor camp. It’s alarming to send such a large group of new residents. There are issues associated with these camps, she notes, citing the risks these camps pose to the safety of Indigenous women, a concern raised by the Justice for Girls group.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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