Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LNG Minister Coleman anticipates CEAA draft report on Pacific NorthWest LNG within weeks

BC LNG Minister Rich Coleman
expects that the CEAA Draft report
on the Pacific NorthWest LNG
project will be released within weeks
The day is apparently getting close for the much anticipated delivery of the draft report from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, a document which will outline whether the Federal agency will grant conditional approval for the 36 billion dollar Pacific Northwest LNG Terminal at Lelu Island.

Deputy Premier and LNG Minister Rich Coleman has been making the media rounds this week, sharing some thoughts on that draft report process, which he believes could be delivered to the Federal cabinet for consideration by late March.

The LNG Minister continues to remain optimistic on the fate of the proposed development, noting through his interviews that he believes the project is doable and adding that from all indications that he has received from federal contacts, it's a sentiment that he says is shared at the federal level.

LNG Minister Rich Coleman
outlined his observations on recent
developments on the LNG file
in the province this week
Minister Coleman also had some thoughts related to yesterday's news reports on the prospect of new guidelines on gas emissions related to energy projects, which will see changes in the review process to require further tests to determine impact on climate issues.

It's an issue that he doesn't believe should raise fears in the province, particularly when it comes to the government's hopes for progress on LNG issues and development.

Both Coleman and B. C. environment Minister Mary Polak will be heading to Ottawa to discuss those issues with federal politicians, ready to provide the British Columbia perspective on how those changes may impact on the provinces plans to develop an LNG industry.

Some of Mr. Coleman's discussion points can be reviewed from the articles below:

B. C. set to discuss LNG industry with federal government
B. C. LNG minister heads to Ottawa for talks
Trudeau's upstream GHG regulations could mean big changes for B. C. oil patch

More background on the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project can be found on our archive page.

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