Truck Rallies To Push for Yes on LNG
Prince George, B.C.- Three communities across Northern B.C. will see truck rallies today as supporters push to have LNG projects given approval.
Terrace, Ft. St. John and Fort Nelson will be the scenes for the noon hour rallies which are meant to send a message to the Federal Minister of the Environment that the Pacific Northwest LNG project should be approved.
The idea for the rally was spurred on by the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C.. ICBA’s Senior Vice President, Gord Stewart says his organization provided support to organizers in Terrace following a series of television ads the ICBA has been running to help get projects to ‘yes” “Those (ads) started a lot of discussion on social media and elsewhere and a number of people started to call us from the northwest in particular.” He says the idea of a community rally in support of the projects came out of meetings with residents in Smithers and Terrace.
Stewart says once word got out about the planned rally in Terrace, folks in Ft. St. John and Ft. Nelson started organizing their own.
In all three communities, there will be a truck convoy which will wind its way through the communities to the site of the rally.
Stewart says the decision on Pacific NorthWest could be the first big economic decision by the Trudeau government ” It’s going to have huge economic consequences, and he’s got some parts of the environmental movement pushing him to say no, we’re just hoping to show Northern B.C. has a real face, it’s real people who are concerned about their communities and their future and we hope they consider that.” Stewart says he realizes the environmental assessment itself will be based on environmental impact, “But at the end of the day, it’s politicians who are going to decide to give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down and we want them to know that we want a thumbs up.”
There are expected to be between 50 and 60 trucks in the convoy in Terrace, while more than a hundred are expected to take part in Ft. St. John and Ft. Nelson.
It has been estimated the Pacific NorthWest LNG project could create up to 4,500 jobs during its construction, a further 330 long term operational jobs and about 300 spin off jobs.