12/02/2014 05:46 EST | Updated 02/01/2015 05:59 EST

LNG terminal proposal could turn Dodge Cove, B.C. into ghost town

A small village on B.C.'s North Coast is on the verge of becoming a ghost town with news that a massive liquefied natural gas terminal will be built next door.

Dodge Cove is situated on Digby Island, which is a short boat ride from Prince Rupert. About 40 people live in the community, and there are no paved roads, no cars and no stores.

The international energy company Nexen Energy has picked Digby Island for a proposed $20 billion LNG terminal with the goal of shipping 10 to 20 million tons of LNG from B.C. to Asia each year.

The CBC's George Baker paid a visit to the residents of Dodge Cove to hear about the tough choice they face: live right next to an LNG terminal — or get out of Dodge.

"I believe that this area will be almost unlivable," Digby Island resident Tommy Spiller told Baker.

"It's just really hard when your five-year-old asks about it and we might not have a home in two years," said Sarah Brown, who calls herself a third-generation Islander.

You can hear more of the audio tour of Digby Island by clicking on the audio clip labelled: Dodge Cove way of life threatened by proposed LNG terminal.

Google Map: Digby Island, near Prince Rupert, B.C.