Sunday, February 5, 2017

Blog Watching: Week ending February 5, 2017

The stirrings of LNG for the new year once again made for a popular review of our weekly items, as our look at the latest notes of interest related to the Pacific NorthWest and Aurora LNG projects both were well received.

Our twin items highlighted the creation of a new environmental overview process for the proposed Lelu island project, as well as a look at Aurora LNG's upcoming presentation to Prince Rupert City Council and the Environmental Agency Open House related to their application set for mid week at the Moose Hall.

The work of emergency responders in Prince Rupert also proved to be a popular topic this week, as readers reviewed our articles on two incidents in the city. One related to a stabbing on the city's east side, the other about the response to a gas leak, an emergency call which resulted in closed streets and evacuated buildings in the downtown core

Rounding out the list of five for the week, was our look at the successful launch of the first phase of the Highway 16 Transportation plan, with a shuttle bus now running between Smithers and Moricetown. And while the City of Prince Rupert and other North Coast communities have chosen to take a pass on participating with that initiative, officials from the province and along highway 16 are still hopeful that the City may one day reassess its stance on the long anticipated service.

However, the top story returns us to the theme of LNG development and an agreement in place to provide for environmental oversight on the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project should it ever make it to the construction phase.

North Coast First Nations sign agreement with Federal government on environmental protection for PNW LNG project - With the Federal Government heralding it as a historic agreement, the details were outlined as to how the Metlakatala First Nation and Lax Kw'alaams Band will contribute to the environmental overview of the proposed LNG development on Lelu Island. (posted January 31, 2017)

That article was followed by:

Woman taken into custody following east side incident Sunday night -- Prince Rupert RCMP continue to investigate an incident from last weekend which sent a Prince Rupert man to hospital and resulted in the arrest of a woman.. (posted January 30, 2017)

Province of British Columbia still hopeful that North Coast hops onboard the Highway 16 Shuttle Bus plan --  The Highway 16 Transportation plan saw the debut of its first element, with a shuttle bus service put in place between Smithers and Moricetown, with BC officials still hopeful that North Coast communities join the program. (posted January 31, 2017)

Aurora LNG to make presentation to Council Monday evening -- One of the proponents for a major industrial project on the North Coast will provide an update for city Council, set to review the progress of their plans for an LNG terminal for Digby Island. (posted February 3, 2017)

Tuesday incident outside of CityWest building results in closed offices, streets in downtown area -- An accident in the alley behind the CityWest building brought emergency response personnel to the downtown core to deal with a gas leak.  (posted February 1, 2017)

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