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October 27, 2017 7:21 pm

Cullen Says Petronas Possible Shipping Move to Ridley Island “A good first step”

Saturday, January 14, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

Prince George, B.C.-  Word that Petronas  is thinking about moving its planned  LNG   ship loading   away from  Lelu Island  is being  welcomed by  Skeena- Bulkley MP Nathan Cullen.

Late last month  there were indications Petronas is  considering  moving the docking facility  to Ridley Island   a move which  could at least reduce  opposition to the  LNG  project.

The company had already proposed moving the docking  facility  out of the  area known as Flora Banks  by  extending a  dock out  to deeper waters. “I am encouraged that Petronas may finally be acknowledging the depth of opposition to the risk its project poses to irreplaceable salmon habitat and eelgrass beds at Flora Banks,” Cullen said.

Cullen termed a potential move to Ridley “a good first step” to addressing what some consider the project’s greatest environmental risks.  He stressed, however, that a multitude of other Tsimshian and upriver concerns, as well as protection of all of Lelu Island, must be satisfied for area residents to agree to the project.

“Here in the Northwest, we know we don’t have to sacrifice our values or our salmon for good jobs,” Cullen said.  “Industries that want to set up shop in our backyard must understand and respect this.”

Flora Banks contains up to 60% of Skeena Estuary eelgrass stocks and is a critical nursery habitat for salmon smolts.   Cullen has been supportive of  moving even a portion of Petronas operations to Ridley Island to ease project pressure on Flora Banks.

Petronas is seeking to move ahead with a proposed $27 billion liquefied natural gas plant on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.  Shifting fuel shipping operations to Ridley Island  could save  Petronas millions of dollars in construction costs and may reduce local opposition.

It has been reported  the LNG  produced at Lelu Island  would then be  moved by pipeline to Ridley Island for shipping.    It is not yet clear if this proposal would need to undergo  a new series of environmental assessments.



Nathan Cullen is very much in touch with his electorate, he would not have been re-elected by his constituents so many times otherwise, as he has been their MP since 2004.

When this man says something in the media about an economic expansion project along an ecologically sensitive coast line, you can bet he already been informed by First Nations and other resident voters on what they think about the project. Democracy in action… how refreshing!

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