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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After Pacific NorthWest LNG announced yesterday that the project would no longer be going ahead, many were left disappointed but the BC LNG Alliance says that just because the project was cancelled, doesn’t mean that LNG still can’t work in B.C.
President David Keane says the alliance isn’t basing the cancellation of Pacific NorthWest LNG as a be-all and end-all for LNG.
“We’re not focussing on anything negative. We are focusing on the positive and the fact that we have and represent the leading project proponents in British Columbia. When you look at our membership, there is still a lot of faith for LNG in British Columbia.”
Keane says over the last couple of days, the alliance has been reiterating that there are compelling reasons for B.C. to keep working towards the LNG industry.
“If you look at liquifying and exporting our natural gas, it adds value in B.C. It provides jobs, it provides skills training and it provides huge economic uplifts for the province of British Columbia as well as for the Canadian government.
LNG will also be produced in B.C. with fewer emissions compared to anywhere else in the world.”
Keane also added that he is hopeful the projects would get done and that they are looking forward to working with the new BC NDP government and leader John Horgan.
“I firmly believe that we will be in successful in getting these done and we’re looking forward to working with the new government. I think it is important also to recognize the economic value in conjunction with climate change and greenhouse gas emission reduction values.”
While Pacific NorthWest LNG has been scrapped, there are still projects in B.C. including Tilbury LNG, Woodfibre LNG, LNG Canada, Kitimat LNG, Grassy Point LNG and WCC LNG.
“I think it’s really important for the government to realize that this can have a huge economic value for British Columbians and British Columbia.”
Keane says he doesn’t want people to think that one project means that LNG in the province is dead.
“I wouldn’t look at it like we’ve lost one project and that is the be all end all of LNG in British Columbia because that is certainly not the case.”
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