“We’ve got an opportunity with the LNG that’s going to be going forward, we’ve got an opportunity for gas markets,” he said. “We have some of the most incredible shale gas plays right here in northeastern British Columbia… and we have to have a market for that gas.”
Among his supporters were several Fort St. John city councillors, former South Peace MLA and BC Reform Party leader Jack Weisgerber and several local business owners. Premier Christy Clark also made the trip to Fort St. John to show her support, and had nothing but kind words to describe the work of Pimm over his past term.
“Having Pat Pimm around the table with me for these last few years since I’ve been premier has been a huge help,” she says, “because he understands this industry, he understands this issues with respect to Site C and the needs of the people in this community better than anyone I’ve ever met, and you’re really lucky to have him.”
In addition to repeating her promise made in Dawson Creek to entend the Peace Region’s Fair Share agreement to 2030, she also focused on the importance of diving into the liquefied natural gas industry now.
“In good business, timing is everything. The world needs our natural gas,” she said, mentioning both Japan, China and India as in need. “They’re going to go somewhere in the world to get it; why not here in this province where we have been extracting it safely for 50 years, where we do it better than anybody else?”
Both Clark and Pimm both expressed concerns over the platform the New Democrats have been rolling out, particularly with their plan to phase in the carbon tax on venting emissions in the oil and gas industry.
“That has the potential to slow down activity in the Horn River especially, any place that you have a high C02 content in your gasoline or in the natural gas, you’re going to have a problem,” Pimm argues. “Before we even get the LNG plants going, the NDP is saying we’re going to harness this industry and we’re going to slow it down right off the get go. I just hope they don’t take their tools and move over to a different sandbox.”
Clark adds simply, “The NDP plan on liquefied natural gas would kill jobs in a heartbeat.”
The Liberal leader will end her day at a campaign rally in Prince George tonight.