BC Government welcomes Federal Government approval; Petronas to decide ultimate fate

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Climate Change announced in Vancouver this afternoon that the Pacific NorthWest LNG project has been given approval from the Liberal Government.

McKenna said that 190 conditions are being placed on the project, however those exact conditions have not been announced.

McKenna made the announcement alongside Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc. Premier Christy Clark was also on hand for the announcement.

The approval is a huge boost for the BC government as well as Christy Clark. However, Petronas has the ultimate say on if the project goes forward or not after a assesments of their own.

McKenna called the announcement an important announcement for British Columbia, as well as Canada.

“Today, the federal government approved the Pacific NorthWest LNG project. An investment worth $11 billion dollars, and one of Canada’s largest development projects. This project was subject to a rigorous environmental assessment.”

McKenna says she is confident the conditions will address the most important environmental impacts to make sure the project proceeds in the most sustainable manner possible.

She went on to say Indigenous people brought much knowledge including observations about marine conditions that prompted additional studies.

“We extended the review process so that scientists could clearly evaluate all the information available. This included receiving and reviewing more than 34,000 comments from Canadians through extensive consultation. This valuable public input was carefully reviewed, considered, documented, and taken into account in developing the environmental report and the projects conditions.”

McKenna also said Indigenous people were meaningfully consulted, she also said that their rights and traditions were accommodated. She says environmental monitoring will take part with indigenous people near the project site.

The person who this may have the most impact on was also on hand for the announcement. Premier Christy Clark was thrilled that the Federal Government approved the project.

“The Province of British Columbia welcomes today’s decision by the federal government to approve Pacific NorthWest LNG, as recommended by the National Energy Board.

This is a significant milestone, and the last major requirement for Pacific NorthWest LNG before a final investment decision can be made. As the largest capital investment proposal in British Columbia’s history, Pacific NorthWest LNG represents an unprecedented opportunity to create thousands of jobs and new economic prospects for First Nations and communities throughout our province.

We understand Pacific NorthWest LNG will now take the time to assess the conditions that accompany the federal approval, and review every element of their proposal to determine the best path forward.

This facility has now completed two extensive environmental reviews, including a federal process lasting over three years. Based on the best, most extensive scientific assessments, approval has been granted from both the federal and provincial governments. Measures are in place to ensure the facility remains subject to the highest standards of environmental protection.”

Clark also went on to say that she thanks Justin Trudeau and his Government for the hard work that they did. She also noted this project will benefit all Canadians. She said we BC has enough energy stored underground as Alberta has in the oil fields.

The project is expected to cost $36 billion dollars.