Guarding the Environment

Guarding the Environment

Protecting British Columbia’s water is our number one priority.

Most major industry projects in British Columbia undergo an extensive review and require an environmental assessment certificate from the provincial government.

On occasion, small-scale industry projects do not require a full environmental assessment.

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities can also require environmental approval from the Government of Canada, in addition to an export licence.  Federal laws govern marine traffic and shipment.

The BC Environmental Assessment Office manages the review process for major proposals in British Columbia through the Environmental Assessment Act.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency conducts assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Any industry proposals submitted for assessment, including LNG facilities and pipelines, can be approved with conditions, or rejected. If rejected, the industry proponent who made the submission can make improvements to the application in an attempt to meet British Columbia’s high environmental standards.

Environmental reviews are conducted before construction can occur. If an industry proponent receives an environmental assessment certificate, they will still need the appropriate permits from all governing agencies. For example, a company will need a permit from British Columbia’s natural gas and oil regulator – the BC Oil and Gas Commission – before a pipeline can be built and operated.

See Keeping Industry Responsible for more details

about regulations and environmental protection.