It was a weekend full of news, both good and bad, in regards to the federal government’s key decisions on British Columbia’s LNG export industry.
The good news on Friday afternoon was that Environment Minister Catherine McKenna gave a green light to the Woodfibre LNG project, granting the federal environmental certificate needed, and this was despite opposition in particular from Green Party leader, Elizabeth May.
However the excitement over that positive decision was quickly dampened when it was announced on Saturday, that there would be a three month delay in a decision on the much much larger Pacific Northwest LNG project.
This decision comes only a day after the elected council of the La-kwa-lahms First Nations offered conditional support for the project on their territory after an engineering study with 3-D modelling headed by biologist Mark Johannes concluded the facility can be built in an environmentally sensitive manner.
So while the new federal government threw us a bone in the relatively small Woodfibre decision it appears they intend to slam the breaks on the one mega-project that could make Canada a world player in LNG exports.