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Mayors of Fort St. John and Dawson Creek among many calling on government to support B.C. LNG industry

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The Mayors of Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Kitimat and Haisla Nation councillor Kevin Stewart were among a stage full of attendees at the Premier’s BC Natural Resources Forum in Prince George today calling on the Province and the Feds to support the development of an LNG export industry in B.C.

According to a Prince George Daily News article, Mayor Lori Ackerman said that B.C. has the capabilities to produce the greenest LNG in the world, and that the province has been safely extracting natural gas for the past 70 years.

“We need to make sure British Columbians and Canadians see the benefit of adding value to our natural gas, diversifying our trade opportunities instead of allowing our natural gas to be shipped, raw, to the United States which is currently our only market outside of Canada.”

Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead also spoke, quoting a letter that he and Ackerman had drafted while at the forum. Bumstead said that Northeast B.C. is fortunate to sit on top of the Montney Basin, which he called one of the major natural gas assets in North America.

Premier John Horgan also spoke positively about the potential for an LNG export industry in B.C. ahead of leaving on a trade mission to Asia this Saturday. During an interview with Stewart Muir, the executive director of the organization Resource Works, Horgan said that there is a possibility of one or two LNG export facilities being built in B.C. in the coming years.

A conversation with B.C. Premier John Horgan at the BCNR 2018 from Resource Works on Vimeo.

Muir, who previously served as he was a director of The Nature Trust of British Columbia from 2006 until 2014, spoke with the Premier at the BC Natural Resources Forum in Prince George. During the interview which was posted on Vimeo, Muir asked about Horgan about his government’s plans as they pertain to the natural resources sector of the economy. Horgan said that good relations with First Nations in B.C. is an important part of his government’s plans when it comes to how resources are developed in B.C. going forward.

In an extension of Horgan’s previous words of support for the Shell-backed LNG Canada proposal, Haisla Nation councillor Kevin Stewart also voiced support for the development of an LNG export industry. Stewart said that both Chevron and LNG Canada have provided a roadmap showing the proper way to do business with First Nations in B.C. during their efforts to build LNG export terminals on the North Coast. He added that he’s hopeful both companies make positive Final Investment Decisions in the near future.

However, despite the words of encouragement from the Premier, the Mayors’ is facing opposition from the minority NDP government’s power-sharing partner. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver tweeted on Wednesday night that his party would vote against the NDP in a confidence motion if the government continues the efforts of the previous Liberal government to develop LNG.

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