Controversial 'floatel' settles in on Squamish coast despite lack of permits

There is a new neighbor in town, the Isabel X, slowly making her way up. How sound destination Wood Fiber LNG, the future home of hundreds of workers. As the ship settles into her new berth, questions are being raised about how this happened without the approval of the District of Squamish. From my point of view, this is really an end run of of local, local process and and local democratically elected government. Earlier this month, the provincial government found Wood Fiber was housing 300 workers in Port Mellon and dozens more around the region, some in Squamish hotels. A clear violation of the environmental assessment certificate that was issued for the project. This week, the government ordering the company to remedy the situation. Wood Fiber agreed, moving the ship into position and walking away from the local process of obtaining a temporary use permit. The district saying the decision ignores several key pieces of regulation that directly affect the community. We're talking simple things. We're talking public safety. We're talking about is this an appropriate place to to put for humans to live, Is there a risk? What happens for access, traffic, All these things that fall into our purview? According to the Environmental Assessment Office, Wood Fiber has until 5:00 PM. Friday to house its entire workforce on the Isabel X. In a statement, the company says it intends to follow through on its provincial obligations. At this point, we have, I think, very generous interpretations of of what an EA order is both by the the province and the proponents. The district is exploring several options to deal with Wood Fiber at this point, not ruling out legal action. In the meantime, workers will be settling into their new digs over the weekend as the company ramps up construction of the LNG terminal. Erin MacArthur, Global News.

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