Monday, October 24, 2016

Lelu Island LNG project to be a theme for tonight's Council Session

The topic of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG Terminal at Lelu Island will be the focus for a couple of segments of tonight's Prince Rupert City Council Session.

In the early portion of the evening, Tessa Gill and Derek Baker from Pacific NorthWest LNG will be on hand to provide an update on the proposed development, now that PNW LNG has received approval, with conditions, for the project from the Federal Government.

Council members will also be able to ask questions of their guests as part of the Presentation process on the night.

Later in the evening, Councillor Thorkelson will follow up on her notice of motion of of earlier this month calling on City Council to withhold any approval of the proposed development until six conditions from the City of Prince Rupert are met.

Topics related to Pacific NorthWest LNG
will be a key part of tonight's
Prince Rupert City Council Session
As we noted on the blog on October 13th, Ms. Thorkelson introduced City Council's latest debate topic at the October 11th Council session setting in motion the process of delivering her resolution to Council.

The next step in that process takes place tonight as she presents the resolution to the Council chamber tonight, outlining the six conditions for City Council members to consider and asking Council not to support the PNW LNG project until they are met.

Those conditions include:

1. The project is relocated to another area not in the estuary of the Skeena River. One industry should not put another at risk of our City should remain with a diversified economy. 

2. The project must consult with the area’s local governments and our residents as well as with First Nations. 

3. The City’s water supply is monitored and a specific set of responses, agreed to by the City, are in place to rectify any increase in acidification or eutrophication. 

4. Negative economic or social consequences will be identified by the City and PNW LNG prior to the project going ahead and solutions agreeable to the City are identified. 

5. Adequate contributions, agreed to by COPR, for rebuilding and maintaining Prince Rupert’s infrastructure are identified and scheduled. 

6. Alternate forms of clean energy are identified and their development are committed to by PNW LNG.

Council members will then decide on the fate of the resolution and offer up their comments related to what the position of the City of Prince Rupert should be when it comes to the development taking place near Port Edward.

You can find a preview of tonight's Council session available here

More background on past City Council discussion topics can be found on our archive page here, while the latest items related to the Pacific Northwest LNG project can be found here.

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