LNG, First Nations: It’s time to decide

For LNG in BC it’s crunch time. The LNG Alliance says the time is now – decide to move forward and build and then start selling Natural Gas in 2023 or 2024, which is projected to be the next market window.

LNG Canada recently appointed a joint venture engineering firm as the prime contractor for the Kitimat site the company has cleared and is preparing for the building of a $40 billion dollar facility. The company, however, is yet to make its final investment decision. All signs suggest that will happen in late 2018.

Unlike Kinder Morgan, the government of British Columbia is firmly behind the project and appears to be going out of its way to accommodate the development of the Liquefied Natural Gas industry. Looming in the background is Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver who is as opposed to LNG as he is to the movement of oil.

And what about First Nations? Are they in support of the project? The First Nations LNG Alliance is an organization that represents 15 communities along the TransCanada Pipeline route that support the pipeline and the LNG facilities.

We asked Haisla Nation Chief Councillor Crystal Smith to join us for a Conversation That Matters about the risks and the benefits of supporting LNG Canada and other proponents in the development of an energy based projects.


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