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B.C.'s Cedar LNG project gets federal green light

Federal Environment minister approves Haisla First Nation's Cedar LNG project
Haisla Chief Crystal Smith, at podium, at Tuesday's press conference where provincial approval of Cedar LNG project was announced

One day after the B.C. government gave the Haisla First Nation's $3 billion Cedar LNG project the green light to proceed, federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault has followed suit with a federal stamp of approval.

The Cedar LNG project in Kitimat was reviewed under a substitution process, in which the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) was the lead government agency conducting an environmental review.

Substitution is used to avoid duplication of processes when a project is required to go through both a federal and provincial environmental review.

On Tuesday, the provincial ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy approved the project, and today Guilbeault also approved the project, with a finding that the project "is not likely to result in adverse direct or incidental effects as defined under section 2 of the Impact Assessment Act."

The federal approval comes with 250 conditions for the life of the project.

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