LNG Delay Making Northern MP ‘Nervous’
Prince George, B.C. – The decision this week by the federal government to delay its decision by 90 days on whether or not to grant an environmental certificate to the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in Prince Rupert isn’t sitting well with Bob Zimmer.
The Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies Conservative MP worries the delay could be costly.
“If this project is not realized, to me it’s a big loss in a couple of ways, not just the 4,500 jobs and billions of dollars in revenue to pay for things like health care and other social programs,” he says. “It would also send the message that Canada isn’t open for business as we once were.”
He questions concerns regarding environment impacts, noting the proponent (Petronas) has been “arduous” in answering all questions brought before them.
“There’s been a lot of times that concerns have been brought up and the proponents have come back with the information required and kept responding quite positively to what was asked of them,” says Zimmer, adding the project would also address global environmental concerns.
“This (project) has the potential to cut pollution in half in China if full conversion happens from coal to natural gas. I mean that’s massive and that’s just one country alone.”
He also notes the project has full First Nations support, including conditional support from the Lax Kw’alaam Band.
“It was the last Aboriginal group to really give the thumbs up to it, again with conditions, but yeah, that was a huge addition.”
And though he admits he’s nervously awaiting the government’s final decision, he remains optimistic.
“The delay is definitely concerning but I’m a glass half full guy, I think it’s going to go through still. I’m confident with what the proponent has offered.”