An open house at the Pomeroy Hotel last night sought to answer questions landowners and residents of Fort St. John may have about a proposed NGL handling facility proposed to operate between the CANFOR Sawmill and the airport.
“There’s a lack of natural gas liquids processing facilities in the area,” said Project Manager Brock John. “With the increase of natural gas being produced, there’s an increase in supply of natural gas liquids that doesn’t (sic) have a home.”
John says they chose this location because it provides good access to the highway and the rail, as he says they would plan to truck the product in, and railing the product out. It also provides access to utilities like electricity and natural gas.
The land is in the Peace River Regional District, but it shares a boundary with the Fort St. John City limits.
Landowners seem to have concerns about how close the facility would be to the city limits, however, John maintains that it would closer to commercial and industrial centres than it would to residential centres – and that the plant will pose no extraordinary threats.
“The plant itself does not have any air emissions other than heaters that burn natural gas … so it would be like the furnace in your home.”
He added that AltaGas sent out information packages to various landowners, and had met with a number of them.
Around 300 land parcels are located within the 1.8 km radius of the proposed project.
A risk assessment is currently under way, with the results being reviewed by the Oil and Gas Commission before moving forward with the project.
John says this project will create 150 jobs during construction, 20-25 of those being ‘high-tech’ jobs.
He wants to employ both local workers and local companies to complete the project – AltaGas will be conducting a job fair in the future to find labour based here in the Peace Region.