Liquefied Natural Gas Environmental Stewardship Initiative
The Liquefied Natural Gas Environmental Stewardship Initiative (LNG ESI) is a new form of collaboration among the Province, First Nations and the LNG sector.
The Province is working to ensure First Nations can participate in, and benefit from, a developing liquefied natural gas export industry in B.C.
Through the LNG ESI, First Nations, industry and the Province are creating opportunities for developing new environmental stewardship projects associated with LNG development. These projects will be separate, and additional to, the regulatory requirements related to environmental issues associated with LNG projects.
The goals of the LNG ESI are to develop a new, collaborative approach to establishing environmental legacies related to LNG development and generating high quality, accessible and trusted environmental information. The scope of LNG ESI includes four key areas:
- ecosystem assessment and monitoring
- ecosystem restoration and enhancement
- ecosystem research and knowledge exchange
- stewardship education and training
Since the launch of LNG ESI in May 2014, the Province has been working with First Nations and the LNG industry to develop and implement the initiative.
Four Regional Stewardship Forums have been established in Skeena, Omineca, the Northeast and North Coast to identify and develop projects according to priorities in each area. A fifth working group – the Governance Working Group - will develop the LNG ESI governance principles, decision-making and a long-term operating structure.
In addition to the LNG ESI, the Province is working with First Nations on all aspects of B.C.’s LNG opportunity which includes skills training, employment, consultation and accommodation work in regulatory decision-making, and economic benefits-sharing.