On Thursday 10 March, Woodside co-hosted a public Open House with the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) in Prince Rupert, BC Canada.
Prince Rupert is the closest town to Woodside's Grassy Point LNG development opportunity.
The Open House gave the team key insight into community values and public goals for community development, which will be considered in project planning. The Open House was also an EAO-requirement, which facilitated community participation in preparing Woodside's draft Application Information Requirements (dAIR) during the 30-day public comment period.
The dAIR considers environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects, including potential effects on First Nation groups and their interests. The document addresses the approach to assessing project effects and how these will be managed. Following the public comment period, Woodside is targeting to submit the AIR to EAO by mid-2016.
Following completion of the AIR, the next stage would involve Woodside progressing towards receiving an Environmental Assessment Certificate. This involves completing detailed studies to help us understand potential environmental sensitivities of the site, compiling the information outlined in the AIR and preparing and submitting an application to the EAO.
For more information see our website: http://www.woodside.com.au/Our-Business/Developing/Canada/Pages/Grassy-Point.aspx#.VuchGY32bOs