A contractor has been hired by Woodfibre LNG to work on finishing the clean-up of the site.
According to a news release, Graham Construction, a Canadian company that has been endorsed by Squamish Nation, will manage final remediation.
This work will include the removal and recycling of old concrete, rebar and rail ties as well as closing the old pulp and paper mill’s landfill.
“Woodfibre LNG is pleased to be advancing remediation work at our site,” said president Christine Kennedy in the release. “We are following through on our commitment to prioritize local benefits and minimize impacts.”
The release said Graham Construction “is committed to bringing local benefits for Squamish Nation members and Squamish residents.” This includes using local suppliers and providing hiring priority for labourers and equipment operators from both Squamish Nation members and Squamish residents.
“This important project is an exciting example of a long-term collaboration between Nch’kay Development Corporation and Graham,” said Cecil Dawe, Graham’s executive vice president of industrial. “We look forward to applying our expertise to this phase of Woodfibre LNG.”
The release noted that Woodfibre LNG’s current phase of work is expected to continue until late summer of 2023. At its peak, there will be up to 50 workers at the site. The individuals working at the site will live in Squamish, stay at local hotels or commute from Vancouver.
The Squamish Chief reached out to Squamish Nation for comment, and a spokesperson said the information in the release was correct but declined to comment further.