The federal government has conditionally approved a massive LNG project on BC’s northwest coast.
The $36 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project would be located on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert and would ship 19 tonnes of liquefied gas to Asian markets each year.
But the approval comes with 190 legally binding conditions, including a cap on greenhouse gas emissions.
B.C. Premier Christy Clark says this project won’t just benefit her province.
“This is project that will benefit all Canadians, getting our natural gas, the cleanest natural gas produced anywhere in the world, to market. We can do that sustainably, we can do it while protecting workers rights, while ensuring we are benefitting communities, and most importantly we can do it in a balance that makes sure we are able to project our environment.”
But environmentalists and First Nations are vowing to keep fighting the project. Shannon McPhail, with B.C’s SkeenaWatershed Conservation Coalition says the Liberal government has failed Canadians.
“We’re incredibly disappointed. This is not the Justin Trudeau who campaigned and got elected based on a lot of promises that he broke to a lot of his voters today. So we’re a little dismayed. We had higher expectations, for sure.”
Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the project, led by Petronas would inject $2.4 billion into Canada’s economy every year.
It’s expected to be one of the largest infrastructure investments in Canadian history.