Tuesday, March 22, 2016

British Columbia government looks to "overcome delay" related to extended EA review of Pacific NorthWest LNG project

The Federal Government has put the
Environmental process for the
Pacific NorthWest LNG project
on pause for three months
Saturday's announcement of a ninety day extension of the Environmental Assessment period for the Pacific NorthWest LNG project has led to the dispatch of a number of provincial officials to Ottawa to try and lend a helpful hand in moving the process along quickly towards a final decision by the Federal Government.

As we noted on the blog Saturday, the surprising latest twist in the timeline towards a decision on the project was delivered on Saturday afternoon by the CEAA, announcing that the Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna had granted their request for the three month extension to the Assessment process.

LNG Minister Rich Coleman took to his twitter feed on Monday to note that Senior officials from British Columbia were working with the Federal government to overcome the delay, with the province still hopeful of a positive final outcome for the much anticipated LNG project proposed for Lelu Island.

Coleman noted the economic impact that the project would have on the province, the job creation opportunities and the nature of some of the consultation that has taken place through the process related to the Pacific NorthWest LNG proposal.

The LNG Minister is not the only one engaged in the LNG file this week.

British Columbia's Finance Minister has been on a tour of Asia during the course of the last week, with stops in India and Malaysia on his agenda for his travels. Included in his plans was meeting with Petronas officials to discuss the province's partnership with the energy company on its B. C.  plans.

No updates have been provided as of yet by the Provincial government on those discussions.

The B C Liberal government may have good reason to express its concerns when it comes to any further delays to the approval process.

As the Pacific NorthWest project heads into its ninety day extension, reports coming out of Asia suggest that the window of opportunity may be slowly closing on the province's ambitious plan for development of natural gas resources.

Japan warns LNG delay could mean losing Asian market
Petronas' LNG project runs into further delay in Canada
Fate of Pacific NorthWest LNG facing further delays

More media notes related to the weekend developments can be reviewed below

Pacific NorthWest LNG ready to work with regulators
Fish habitat worries stall approval of B. C.'s Pacific NorthWest LNG project
Environmental regulators seek details on Pacific NorthWest LNG project
Province working with Feds on Pacific NorthWest LNG delay: Coleman
Pacific NorthWest LNG decision on hold "to get it right," minister says
Pacific NorthWest LNG delayed by three months
Huge Petronas Canada LNG project runs into further delays over environmental assessment study

For a wider overview of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project see our archive page here.

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