Mayor Peter Milobar added his voice Wednesday to those applauding the federal government’s approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project.
Milobar said in Victoria, where a gathering of mayors from northeastern B.C. was held on the steps of the legislature, that the LNG project and others like it are important to the provincial economy.
They said a majority of B.C. residents support responsible resource management but are hesitant to say so.
“We want to make sure that people who support responsible resource management speak up,” Milobar said.
Together with Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman and others, he thanked Ottawa for approving the project proposed by Petronas, a Malaysian-owned energy giant.
Municipal representatives from across the province are in the capital to attend the UBCM annual convention.
Federal representatives joined Premier Christy Clark Tuesday to announce the green light on an investment that could be worth $11 billion. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the project, if and when it proceeds, would be one of the country’s largest resource development projects.
Federal approval comes with 190 conditions attached that are legally binding and scientifically determined, she said.
McKenna said approval came after extensive environmental impact studies and First Nations consultation.
Critics, including the NDP, contend that consultation fell short, making putting a lie to the Trudeau government’s pledge of a new relationship with First Nations.
MP Nathan Cullen, who represents the riding where the LNG plant would be located, said the approval is based on a discredited review process overseen by the former Conservative government.
The environmental group Stand.Earth, formerly ForestEthics, reacted by holding up the draft review of the project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, which stated that cabon emissions from the LNG plant and related natural gas development would be “high in magnitude, continuous, irreversible and global in extent.”
“How can Prime Minister Trudeau claim to be a climate leader on the international stage, while approving this new project that will become the single largest source of climate pollution in the country?" said Karen Mahon National Director of Stand.Earth. "Honestly, we expected better. This government cannot make decisions like this while honouring their promises on climate change.”
September 28, 2016 09:17pm
I hope everyone realizes that LNG is fracked gas - fracking has major environmental challenges and we should all be thoughtful about this and other LNG projects for that reason.