Cullen Says LNG Approval a “Betrayal”
Prince George, B.C. – Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen is not happy the Federal Government has approved the PacificNorthwest LNG project.
Cullen says the approval of the project at Lelu Island is a betrayal of Prime Minister Trudeau’s promise to respect First Nations, science, and Canada’s climate commitments “Justin Trudeau promised to be better than Stephen Harper. Mr. Trudeau promised a new era of renewed relationships with First Nations, but now he is pushing ahead without proper consultation and in spite of opposition from First Nations here in the Northwest and across BC.”
He says the announcement, made in the lower mainland on Tuesday, was a thousand kilometers away from the people and the territory the project will impact “This isn’t how you build trust and respect”.
The approval came with 190 conditions, including a cap on greenhouse gas emissions. Even with that condition, Cullen says its impossible to tell how the climate impacts of the project will fit into the Prime Minister’s promise to make Canada a ‘”climate leader”.
Cullen believes the Pacific Northwest LNG project poses unacceptable risks to Skeena salmon and the communities and cultures that rely on it.
Petronas, the Malaysian partner in the project says it will be carefully reviewing the 190 conditions before making it’s final decision on the $36 billion dollar project.