Sunday, September 17, 2017

Blog Watching: Week ending September 17, 2017

Some high profile industrial departures in Prince Rupert both corporate and personal, made for the strongest number of views this week.

The quick change of fortunes for the Aurora LNG terminal project dominated the week, with much interest to be found in our notes on the cancellation of the terminal development proposed for Digby Island.

Another surprise announcement this week came from the Port of Prince Rupert, with the Port Authority announcing that after 25 years on the North Coast, Don Krusel had decided that the time was right to retire from his post as President and CEO.

One other industrial story attracted much interest on the week, with our report on the return of rail service by Canadian National to the Northeast coal mines and the potential for more shipments out of Ridley Terminals finding a strong response.

Provincial politics managed to capture some interest over the seven days, with a financial update and the notes related the first week of the fall session of the Legislature  making for a number of popular items on the blog this week.

And the weather served notice that it is not to be overlooked, with our update on the flooding this week in Kitimat proving to be of interest to many readers.

The top story of the week however returns the LNG story on the North Coast to the top of the list, with the third significant project cancellation of the year announced on Thursday.

Another LNG project is dropped on the North Coast, as Aurora LNG bows out -- Another major setback for those that were hoping to see the North Coast become a hub for LNG terminal development in the province, as CNOOC Oil from China become the third major international investor to cancel their plans for Prince Rupert. The declining fortunes for the industry on the North Coast made for much of the narrative this week at the British Columbia legislature as the Opposition Liberals put the focus on the state of the industry news.  (posted September 14, 2017)

That article was followed by:

Departure of the architect - Port of Prince Rupert CEO and President Don Krusel to retire -- A surprise announcement for many on the North Coast this week, as the man who long promoted the vision of making the Port of Prince Rupert a major international shipping gateway announced his plans to step down from his post at the Port Authority.    (posted September 11, 2017)

A number of North Coast hopes on pause after BC budget update -- The Delivery of the NDP government's financial update on Monday, gave us an opportunity to review some key election campaign themes and where they might stand as the Legislature fall session gets underway.    (posted September 13, 2017)

Heavy rains bring flooding to Kitimat River with many rescues required --  Some severe weather that stemmed from this weather event, made for sone tense times for our neighbours to the east    (posted September 11, 2017)

Ridley set to see increased Coal arrivals as rail access to Tumbler Ridge mines reopens -- The bounce back for coal shipments out of Ridley Terminals would seem to be set to continue, as CN Rail reopens some rail connections to Northeast coal mines.    (posted September 13, 2017)

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