A controversial LNG terminal in Saanich Inlet is dead in the water.
The Malahat Nation and Steelhead LNG will not move further on plans to build a liquefied Natural Gas terminal on the Bamberton Industrial Lands, the proponents quietly revealed today.
On the Malahat LNG website, a statement said “Steelhead LNG made the decision after careful consideration and based on several factors as we look to develop a project that delivers low-cost LNG that is globally competitive.”
The Peninsula News Review was first alerted to this via a Facebook post from the mayor of Central Saanich, Ryan Windsor. The statement has not been publicized on any of Steelhead LNG’s website or social media channels.
In an interview, Windsor said he received an email from a known source within the Steelhead partnership, and he felt it legitimate enough to comment publicly.
“It’s consistent with [the District’s] view that it was not appropriate in the first place to have it in this particular location,” said Windsor.
Windsor said the area was ecologically sensitive, that it had a long history with the local First Nations (the project is opposed by the four W̱SÁNEĆ nations in the area) and that it would have been further detrimental to the bay.
Steelhead LNG is continuing to explore the Kwispaa LNG project, formerly Sarita LNG, located southwest of Port Alberni.
The Peninsula News Review has reached out to Steelhead LNG. This story will be updated as it unfolds.