Sunday, August 6, 2017

Blog Watching: Week ending August 6, 2017

While the North Coast continues to reflect on the recent decision by Petronas to bring an end to their plans for an LNG terminal on Lelu Island, other industrial plans continue to move along and two announcements from AltaGas related to their Ridley Island export terminal found wide audiences, topping our list of five for the week.

Also catching the attention of readers this week a pair of personnel moves in the region, with the departures of both Michael Gurney of the Port and Willa Thorpe at the City of Prince Rupert both generating large volumes of readership over the last seven days.

Municipal politics also proved popular again this week, with readers showing a fair bit of interest in a pair of our items related to the efforts of City Council to pass an amendment to the 2017 Financial Plan and set in motion expropriation plans at Watson Island.

And our account of the work of Northwest RCMP and DFO officers also proved to be a popular read, as we outlined the background to a recent operation that took 17 pounds of marijuana out of circulation.

The top story of the week however highlights some positive economic news for the region, as Alberta based AltaGas's liquid propane export terminal at Ridley Island begins to take shape.

AltaGas shares project update through newsletter presentation  -- While much of the discussion over the last week remained focused on the July 25 cancellation of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in Port Edward, one major investment continues forward momentum. The Liquid Propane Export Terminal at Ridley Island is making some big strides in construction, with the Alberta based energy company sharing the latest through an online newsletter presentation. In addition to the work on the terminal, securing shipment deals has also been an active area, with AltaGas signing an export contract with a Japanese company this past week.  (posted August 1, 2017)

That article was followed by:

Familiar face and voice for the Port Authority set to chart course for new adventures  -- The tides of change arrived at the Prince Rupert Port Authority this week, with the departure of the Ports Communications Manager, Michael Gurney, who is looking to new options following his six years with the PRPA (posted August 1, 2017)

City Council needs but three minutes towards the path of expropriation -- City Council members took less than three minutes each day during two Special Council Sessions this week, moving forward their Amendments to the City's Financial Plan for 2017 that will help propel the City's plans to expropriate a lot from the Watson Island industrial site. Some background and thoughts related to the expropriation plan can be explored here. (posted August 3, 2017)

Terrace Mounties release details of July drug bust on Highway 16 West   -- A number of unites of the Northwest RCMP, along with DFO officers combined forces on Highway 16 in mid July, with one traffic stop netting the RCMP 17 pounds of marijuana    (posted August 3, 2017)

City in search of new Director of Recreation and Community Services -- After serving in her post for three years, Willa Thorpe is leaving the City's Recreation Department, bound for Port Alberni, with the City now seeking a replacement and accepting resumes until the end of August.  (posted August 4, 2017)

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