Pacific NorthWest LNG project was a long shotRe: How to kill an LNG project in Canada, July 29

Op-ed - Aug. 3, 2017 - By Karen Tam Wu, Stephen Hui

Published in National Post (August 3, 2017)

Malaysia’s Petronas blamed the scuttling of PNW LNG on “prolonged depressed prices and shifts in the energy industry.” Photo: Province of B.C.

Pacific NorthWest LNG was always a long shot. The greenfield project posed an unacceptable risk to sensitive salmon habitat, and required long shipping distances for export.

It threatened to be one of the largest carbon polluters in Canada.

To secure the project, the previous B.C. government doled out substantial subsidies — partial rebates for climate policy compliance costs, ultra low upstream royalties, reduced electricity prices, etc. — locking some of them in for over 25 years. B.C. is now no longer on the hook for these costs.

Across B.C., communities have stood up and said LNG doesn't fit with their vision for a prosperous economy. By seizing untapped opportunities in all parts of the province, the B.C. government can power up Canada's clean growth economy and lead the way to the country's climate targets.

Karen Tam Wu and Stephen Hui
Pembina Institute, Vancouver


The National Post published this letter to the editor on page A8 of its August 3, 2017, issue.

Karen Tam Wu
Karen Tam Wu

Karen Tam Wu was the regional director of B.C. at the Pembina Institute until 2022.

Stephen Hui
Stephen Hui

Stephen Hui was senior communications lead at the Pembina Institute from 2015 to 2021.


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