FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mayor Lori Ackerman expressed her support of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project Wednesday morning in Victoria at the UBCM convention.
“The announcement yesterday was significant.” Ackerman said. “It is a very giant step forward in the approval, the final investment decision that Petronas now has to make.”
When asked if this will help the region, Ackerman went on to say that this is significant for the region itself.
“This is going to be significant in it (the region). This is only one project, but the reality is the size of this project will have a signifiant impact. We still need to work hard that we make sure the others get to a final positive FID. I think what is significant about this is that there was every First Nations along the route have signed onto this project. There is still some work to do on some of the other projects. But as Minister Coleman said this morning, there are 18 projects and they all work at a different pace.”
When asked if as a coalition the work was done, Ackerman says there is still plenty to do.
“No. The work will continue on. It is an opportunity each and everyday. We come down here and meet with people to provide some energy literacy, to to inform and educate them on the safety standards of the Canadian industry and to show them that with good science, we can bring to our communities right across BC, right across this nation, opportunities for our children and our grand children to take advantage of economic oppurtunities while not diminishing their children and grand children to do the same.”
She also said that resources come from regions like ours and that it is a significant part of providing access to world markets.
“We have ports on the West Coast of BC. They are our Canadian ports and the resources that are extracted are from the regions. Whether it is coal in Southeast BC, coal in Northeast BC, whether it is our agricultural products or our fuel industry or forestry, they come through this port to access the world markets.”