Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer says he is “deeply disappointed” in the decision by Pacific Northwest LNG to cancel the $11.4 billion Port Edward liquefied natural gas project near Prince Rupert.
Zimmer said his office worked by former prime minister Stephen Harper to see the project come to fruition, but did not say whether his office was working with current prime minister Justin Trudeau. It was the current Liberal government that gave approved the project, with a list of 190 conditions.
“We streamlined the National Energy Board with our one-project-one-review mandate that would allow proponents of these types of projects as well as communities involved a manageable timeline to work within,” Zimmer said a in press release. “The 24-month period would give adequate time for everyone involved to voice their opinions and at the same time give viable projects a real chance to succeed. This, along with the accelerated capital cost allowance and the extension of export licenses were, unfortunately, not enough to overcome the current market forces.”
Zimmer said he will continue to press for the development of a liquefied natural gas industry in B.C. saying, “this is what it means to ‘defend British Columbia’s interests.'”