Sept. 27, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Conservatives welcome approval of Pacific Northwest LNG project
Fast says decision proves that existing environmental review process works
Ottawa – Official Opposition Critic for Environment & Climate Change, Ed Fast, today welcomed the federal government’s long-awaited decision to approve the Pacific Northwest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project on British Columbia’s coast. The project had been plagued with uncertainty and approval delays from the federal government. The announcement, made in Vancouver, will ensure that Canada’s natural gas industry can maximize its returns by getting its resources to foreign markets beyond North America.
“This decision will result in a $36 billion investment in British Columbia and will create thousands upon thousands of Canadian jobs,” said Fast. “Our coastal First Nations are also party to impact-benefit agreements which ensure that indigenous communities will participate in the prosperity that this project will deliver.”
The federal Liberal government is looking to change how the environmental impacts of resource projects are reviewed. The previous Conservative government had streamlined the environmental review process in 2012 to ensure that it was rigorous, timely and effective.
“Our Conservative Party has long been a strong supporter of Canada’s LNG industry,” continued Fast. “Sadly, the federal Liberals have been tampering with the environmental review process, creating great investor uncertainty and chasing billions of dollars of investment out of our country.” He noted recent statistics which highlight a dramatic decline in investment flows into Canada following the federal government’s announcement that it would undertake another review of the regulatory process.
“Today’s decision proves that the current system works, and that it can deliver broad-based benefits and the social licence for operating LNG facilities in an environmentally sustainable way,” concluded Fast. “I am calling upon the Minister of Environment & Climate Change to abandon her plans to replace the current environmental review process. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
For more information, contact Ed Fast, M.P. Tel: (613) 995-0183 or (604) 557-7888