During construction, the project will create an estimated 4,500 jobs and an additional 630 direct and indirect jobs during operation.
The project is subject to over 190 legally binding conditions to lessen the environmental impacts of the project. For example, the developer will be required to comply with mitigation measures that will minimise adverse effects on fish, fish habitat, marine mammals, wetlands, migratory birds, and human health.
There will also be a rigorous compliance and enforcement regime, which includes establishing environmental monitoring committees. Technical experts will monitor the project and will have the authority to stop project activities that do not comply with the conditions.
"The Pacific NorthWest LNG Project will deliver thousands of good middle-class jobs and will help pay for schools and roads and social programs that enrich people's lives,” said minister of natural resources Jim Carr. “We are moving forward with natural resource development in a sustainable manner, because we have an obligation to leave the planet in better shape than we found it. This is an exciting day for British Columbia, for Canada and for the natural gas industry in this country."