Dawson Creek Mayor enthusiastic over LNG pipeline approval

Austin Czerwinski/ October 2, 2018

The Northern Community of Dawson Creek is looking forward to the project, according to it’s mayor.
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Federal, provincial and municipal leaders revealed at a Vancouver press conference the approval of a LNG pipeline. The project calls for a liquid natural gas pipeline from Dawson Creek to a processing plant to be built in Kitimat.

The $40 billion project is estimated by the BC Ministries of Finance and Environment to generate $22 billion over the next 40 years.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeatedly called the pipeline “the single largest private sector investment in the history of Canada.”

The enthusiasm is shared by Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead.

“The prospects of this development of this industry in another way and shipping gas to Taiwan and the West Coast versus shipping it East or South is a huge, huge opportunity to our city, our region, our province and the country.”
– Dale Bumstead, Mayor of Dawson Creek

Bumstead believes that  by selling Canadian liquid natural gas to countries that normally burn coal, the project will have a positive impact on the environment overall but other groups such as Greenpeace disagree.

“Investing billions in new fossil fuel projects is exactly what the world doesn’t need right now. This project will push Canada farther from its commitments to the climate and continues a worrying course of inaction by the Prime Minister. The world needs more from its political leaders and its not getting it from Canada.” – Mike Hudema, Greenpeace

This infographic details some of the concerns activists have over the project.

The federal Government has partnered with Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi and KOGAS to complete the pipeline and the Kitimat processing plant.

No timeline of the Project’s completion has been provided by the government or any of the private companies involved.