According to an article in the Financial Post, Ottawa is planning on passing off authority of four LNG plants in the area of Prince Rupert to the BC Oil and Gas commission, regardless if they are on federal port lands. Included in the four potential plants is Petronas’ Pacific NorthWest LNG facility.
The logic behind the legislation which was proposed in June by the federal Conservative government is that they don’t have a comparable regulatory system to the one here in BC, and as such it would save tax dollars, as well as time and resources.
Under the proposed law the BCOGC would oversee construction, operation, maintenance, and enforcement of LNG facilities at the Port of Prince Rupert. The commission is already in charge of these areas but not on federal lands currently.
Those against the potential plan, which includes the groups Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, and SkeenaWild Conservation Trust believe transparency and accountability could be compromised.
They added they are skeptical of the commission’s ability to fulfil their duties based on what the article states as their focus being entirely on the north east, and not the north west.
A link to the article can be found here.