TERRACE (August 7, 2018) Skeena MLA Ellis Ross is appealing directly to Premier John Horgan to defend the interests of British Columbia and uphold laws respecting provincial jurisdiction over gas pipelines.
“People in Terrace, Kitimat and all over the province have been looking forward to major a major investment that would bring an LNG export facility to our region,” said Ross. “After a very long and rigorous environmental review that has resulted in sharing agreements with 95 percent of First Nations, investors with LNG Canada are expected to make a final decision in the near future. Now we have pipeline opponents trying to throw every roadblock they can in front of the process.”
Ross is referring to efforts by pipeline opponent Mike Sawyer to stall the project by asking the National Energy Board to determine if the Coastal GasLink project falls under federal rather than provincial jurisdiction.
“Under current laws responsibility for the development of the Coastal Gaslink project clearly falls under provincial jurisdiction and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission,” said Ross. “The Premier knows this and that’s why I have written to him directly to uphold the law and protect the interest of British Columbians. The Premier has to act now and stick-up for our rights.”