Vaughn Palmer: B.C. Hydro’s lack of foresight means LNG Canada will power with gas
VICTORIA — Premier David Eby showed little enthusiasm this week when asked if he actually wants LNG Canada to double production at its multi-billion-dollar export terminal in Kitimat.
“LNG Canada are going to make their final investment going forward and we’ll watch for that,” Eby told reporters.
But he quickly added that the government won’t waive — “no exception” — the requirement that the expanded project fit within B.C.’s ambitious targets for greenhouse gas emissions.
So yes: “Ensuring that we have foreign direct investment across an array of industries, including in LNG, is an important part of how we’re going to have a strong economy going forward.”
On the other hand: “B.C. is only going to have strong and clean economic growth if we add meaningful targets around climate change, which is a priority for many British Columbians.”
Eby referred in passing to how the Shell PLC-backed project was already permitted by a previous government.
Did he mean the previous Christy Clark-led B.C. Liberal government, which got things rolling with LNG Canada?
Or the previous John Horgan-led NDP government which brought home the project with tax and regulatory incentives?
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