Everything You Need to Know About the $36-Billion LNG Project That Has Turned Many First Nations Against Trudeau
The Liberal-approved project could make their climate targets impossible to hit.

The federal government has approved a $36 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project just south of Prince Rupert, British Columbia that, if built, will add thousands of construction jobs, will be one of the largest GHG emitters in Canada, and will very likely cause mass protests and social unrest on Canada’s west coast.

Known as Petronas’ Pacific Northwest LNG plant, BC and the federal government hope the project will add more than a billion dollars in annual taxes and royalties.

But if construction begins on the project, First Nations along the coast have threatened a “Standing Rock of the northwest.” Already, there is a growing encampment on Lelu Island, the site of the proposed LNG export terminal, and several First Nations in the area have threatened legal action against the project.

Before it’s built, though, Petronas has to reassess whether it makes economic sense to build an LNG plant and export terminal when the price of the fuel has plummeted in the last three years as the project jumped through federal regulatory hoops.

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