Thursday, March 1, 2018

Skeena MLA Ross makes note of Northwest support for LNG projects during Legislature speech

A report from the global energy company Shell on potential natural gas
shortages in the near future, has proponents of LNG in BC looking
to see the NDP government move the industry forward in BC
(image of LNG Canada facility from company website)

Energy giant Shell Oil was making some news this week with its review of LNG supply worldwide and the prospect of a shortage coming to the industry within the next few years, outlining their view of the global situation with a report as part of their recent global outlook presentation.

That suggestion of a possible global shortage, was quickly picked up on and for many observers of the industry in British Columbia it heralded some good news for a pair of Kitimat LNG terminal projects.

With industry observers suggesting that the North coast city could be in position to benefit should Shell and its partners wish to address the potential of a supply issue through their proposed terminal facility in Kitimat.

Though those with hopes for development of the LNG Canada project should also take note that even with the report on potential shortages, Shell remained to its current commentary when it comes to any Final Investment Decision for their Kitimat plans, which is a partnership with three other firms, noting that any date for that announcement has yet to be set.

Shell forecasts LNG shortage, raising potential that $40 billion B.C. project will proceed
Skeena MLA Ellis Ross also picked up on the supply notes on LNG from Shell and introduced the theme to the Legislature this week, continuing on with a theme of the need for the NDP government to show more support than it has to this point, when it comes to moving the industry forward in British Columbia.

Speaking Tuesday morning, Mr. Ross made note of the recent Natural Resources Forum in Prince George and the strong support that officials from the Kitimat area and other regions had brought to the conference, noting how the local officials continued to try and keep the profile of LNG high in the Northwest.

He also highlighted the organized approach that LNG supporters in Kitimat have taken, as they look to keep the LNG ambitions on track in the region, among their initiatives was a petition campaign to urge the Federal government to remove tariffs on equipment and supplies that Mr. Ross observed threatens the LNG industry in the province.

The Skeena MLA also provided a few of the comments from those living his constituency and in support of LNG development, including the theme of how influence from outside of the Northwest is shaping some of the opposition to development of the industry in the province.

In Kitimat, a group of volunteers collected signatures for a letter-writing campaign to encourage the federal government to strike down a federal tariff that threatens the progress of LNG in B.C. Volunteers like Barb Campbell, Gina Versteege, Linda Campbell, Gareen Ball, Chief Councillor Crystal Smith of the Haisla Nation and Sarina St. Germaine show their commitment to the region by organizing and then sacrificing their time to collect over 1,700 signatures. 

 When asked why he was doing this, volunteer Dave Johnson said this: "I'm tired of seeing friends move and businesses shut down. I want to stay in Kitimat, which I love, but can't without opportunities for making money. It's a sad state of affairs here right now with special interest groups and foreign governments influencing economy. It's really sad to see people so fooled by all the opinion-based information. I just want to stop the misinformation out there and wake people up."

Mr. Ross' commentary for the Legislature can be reviewed below:

For more on the latest items of  note on the LNG industry in the Northwest see our archive page here.

A look at the work of Mr. Ross in Victoria can be reviewed through our Legislative archive.

For more on the Victoria political scene see our companion blog D'Arcy McGee.

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