BG Group conducting a biodiversity assessment in Canada
In British Columbia, we are proposing to develop a liquefied natural gas export facility on Ridley Island, near Prince Rupert.
During 2013, we carried out extensive biodiversity baseline surveys and continue to monitor biodiversity against these. We also worked on an environmental and social impact assessment, which is due to be completed and submitted to the government in 2014.
We are conducting environmental studies into subjects such as air and water quality, freshwater and marine fisheries, vegetation and terrestrial wildlife and habitat, and marine mammals and birds. Once fieldwork is completed, we will begin detailed analysis of the data collected.
These studies will inform the environmental and social impact assessment, and help us to design our project in a way that minimises disruptions to wildlife and fish, and reduces our environmental footprint.
During 2013, we worked with the Vancouver Aquarium to support research into marine biodiversity, to help us understand the marine environmental conditions near the site of our project. This includes supporting Aquavan, a mobile marine biodiversity education centre for schools.