PRINCE RUPERT – The Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce applauds the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency for the release of a very thorough draft report on the Pacific Northwest LNG project. The Chamber recognizes it as a significant accomplishment that should work for everyone; and it acknowledges a new industry that will bring long-term family-supporting jobs and an increased tax base to the North Coast while protecting salmon and their habitat.
“Reading the 257 page report,” stated Chamber Past President John Farrell, “two things jump off the page – local citizens, organizations and First Nations actively engaged in a rigorous process; and the regulator listened.”
The Chamber notes the report’s conclusion that even the measure of greenhouse gas effects would be very different if the agency were allowed to consider the positive result of end users displacing dirtier fuels.
The draft Environmental Assessment report is now open for public comment for 30 days. This will be followed by finalization of the Minister’s decision and advice to Cabinet – the only outstanding pre-requisite to a project Final Investment Decision. Farrell said that the Chamber will be writing the regulator to let them know that they ‘got it right’ and are encouraging all supporters of responsible development to do likewise.
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Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce
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