NDP Oppose Pacific NorthWest LNG
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial NDP has officially expressed its opposition to the $30 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG proposal.
It did so in a letter dated March 10, 2016 to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.
In it, leader John Horgan and Environment critic George Heyman base the party’s opposition out of a “concern for First Nations objections based on the risk to the future of salmon in the area and the Skeena River salmon ecosystem.”
Horgan and Heyman add the proposal “also fails to meet the condition of air, land and water protection, with respect to both the threat to marine habitat and species as well as to climate through unacceptable high and inadequately regulated greenhouse gas emission.”
They continue “until and unless these deficiencies are addressed, we urge you to withhold final recommendation for approval.”
The federal government is expected to make its final decision within the next 90 days.
Pacific NorthWest LNG is proposing to construct and operate an LNG facility and marine terminal near Prince Rupert, within the District of Port Edward.
The facility would be located on Lelu Island and would convert natural gas to LNG for export to Pacific Rim markets in Asia.
If given the go ahead it could result in as many as 4,500 jobs during peak construction and another 330 long-term positions.