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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman echoed similar statements of disappointment stemming from the cancellation of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.

“We’ve worked long and hard ensuring from the upstream, the midstream and downstream communities that the industry is understood. To have that project not move forward was disappointing.”

After the news came down yesterday, Ackerman met with members of Progress Energy.

“It was good in that, the upstream, the Montney play is still significant in their assets and they intend to continue to extract and process the natural gas here for the domestic market and to look for new opportunities in new markets.”

She added that they would be in favour of helping Progress Energy look at new opportunities and new markets if it meant partnering with other upper or midstream, downstream producers. Ackerman says they will further the talks next month in Calgary.

“The Pacific NorthWest LNG was the biggest. Woodfibre is going ahead and there are others that are still definitely on the books. For the Woodfibre and for the Oregon LNG, we will be the producers and suppliers of that natural gas. If we were to get several smaller ones, we would certainly see increase in production and activity here in northeastern B.C.”

Ackerman also recognized the work of those who have fought for LNG since the beginning.

“It is very disappointing. A lot of people have done a lot of work, a lot of great work and we’re not giving up, this is something that have given us an opportunity to bring to light this industry in the province and the importance of this industry in the province and that is not something we are just going to drop.”

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