Pacific Northwest LNG Given the Green Light
Prince George, B.C. – The federal government has approved the $36 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
It was announced this afternoon in Vancouver by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.
The approval comes with 190 conditions, including the establishment of monitoring committees which will include First Nations people.
The government had until October 2 to render its decision. The provincial government has already given its approval having expressed its enthusiastic support since the 2013 provincial election.
A final investment decision on the project has not yet been made though by Malaysian owned energy company Petronas.
The project would move natural gas via pipeline from northeast B.C. to a terminal on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert for export to Asia.
It has the enthusiastic support of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies Conservative MP Bob Zimmer ”
“I am very pleased with this decision which brings this important project for our region one step closer to becoming a reality. We will now await Petronas for their final investment decision. The Pacific NorthWest LNG project, which has gone through – and passed – a highly rigorous environmental review process, will create thousands of high-paying jobs in British Columbia and in Canada, billions of dollars in tax revenue, and will help to reduce global pollution.”
Just yesterday, MP Zimmer presented a pro-LNG e-petition with over 1,900 signatures in the House of Commons.
“In presenting the petition,” he said: “The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to support residents, families, communities, and businesses of Canada by saying yes to liquefied natural gas and approve B.C. LNG projects such as Pacific NorthWest LNG; to establish a clean energy global leader by providing access to much need LNG resources to markets in areas such as Asia, assisting in the reduction of global GHG emissions; to reduce the federal deficit through significant contributions of federal, provincial, municipal governments via taxes and royalties related to LNG; and last, to help stimulate the economy and put Canadians back to work in rural communities, such as my own and the ones in northeastern British Columbia, with the approval of B.C. LNG projects.”
Earlier this year neighbouring Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen told 250News he opposed the project noting his greatest concern lied with its location and the way the science was conducted for the federal review.
“More than 130 scientists came out just recently in an open letter describing the many faults in the way that the science was done which was paid for by the company (Petronas) and while I remain supportive of LNG broadly, this specific project has raised concerns for years.”
He said the science is important “considering the project in its current form threatens wild salmon in the area which he says represents $140 million at least to this region every year.”