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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mayor Lori Ackerman, Mayor Bill Streeper, Dave Turchanski – President of Energy Services BC, Kathleen Connolly, Executive Director of the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce and Colin Griffith, Coalition Executive Director all met last week as part of the Coalition’s 2016 Action Plan.

The NEBC Resource Municipalities Coalition met with government representatives in Victoria. Meetings were with the Ministry of Finance as well with the Ministry of Natural Gas.

Mayor Lori Ackerman says that they are looking at ways to help turn the economic downturn in the northeast.

“By working collaboratively with the BC government our ongoing work will ensure we can minimize the negative impacts of the economic slowdown on our local business and our communities. In our meeting with Inés Piccinino, ADM Ministry of Natural Gas, we had further discussions related to Minister Coleman’s suggestion (in a July 6, 2016 letter) that his Ministry was interested in discussing ways in which northeast communities and the Province can partner to attract investment in value added industries and benefit from the current low commodity prices. The Coalition will be having further meetings with Minister Coleman and his senior staff to examine opportunities to develop a sophisticated natural gas processing industry in the northeast, well beyond extracting natural gas liquids. Opportunities for industrial development, could include gas to liquids, methanol and petrochemical products, which could spur a steady source of jobs and taxation for the northeast.”

Mayorof the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, Bill Streeper, also took the time to address LNG. He says they will continue to push for LNG plant approvals, as well as pipelines.

“The Coalition will continue to support LNG development and encourage private sector investment and senior government project approval for LNG plants and pipelines. British Columbia has the majority of Canada’s natural gas reserves and we are confident that our natural gas will enter the world market at some point in the foreseeable future. In the meantime we must look at supporting the development of any or all other uses for our natural gas be it for transportation, liquids or petrochemical uses.”

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