Chamber supports Province’s partnership with Pacific Northwest LNG
May 21, 2015
PRINCE RUPERT – After B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced the provincial government had signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday with Pacific Northwest LNG, the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce threw its support behind the agreement.
“Yesterday’s announcement solidifies provincial support for natural-gas projects, and it also shows the industry is very much interested in investing in our region,” said Keith Lambourne, Vice-President of the Chamber. “This represents a big step to a potential final investment decision.”
The Chamber was also encouraged by the mention in the announcement of ongoing consultations with Tsimshian communities, including Lax Kw’alaams, Metlakatla, and Gitxaala (among others). “We are confident that Pacific Northwest LNG will continue its mitigation efforts to assuage the concerns of First Nations over vital fish habitat,” said Lambourne.
As mentioned in the announcement, the project, if approved, would represent a $36 billion investment in Northwest B.C., and would become an engine of economic growth for the region.