Mark Collins – British Columbia and Petronas: My Province for a Natural Gas Pipeline!

Further to this post,

B.C. LNG GHG Heartbreak For New Canadian Government?

tick tock, tick tock, what’s poor green P.M. to do? The province desperately wants the pipeline to get its own natural gas to markets:

PETRONAS LNG Bid Faces 90-Day Wait As Clock Ticks For Trudeau

A three-month clock has just started ticking for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to decide whether to allow Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd to build an ambitious liquefied natural gas project [Pacific NorthWest LNG] that could transform the nation’s energy exports but raise the ire of environmentalists.

More than three years and 100,000 hours of studies since first proposed, the project’s final filing was posted on the website of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on Monday [June 27, see here]. Canada Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr committed in June to decide whether to approve the project within 90 days of final submission.

Canada exports gas to an oversupplied U.S. market through pipelines. The C$36 billion ($28 billion) project aims to ship gas from Lelu Island — a small, uninhabited islet on the Pacific Coast — to energy-hungry Asian markets. Yet its approval has been mired over concerns about the impact on fish, wildlife and the traditional ways of life of First Nation tribes in the region.

In its final submission, the venture warned that certain environmental conditions would constrain it to a point where the project may become inviable…

State-owned Petronas’s partners in the project include China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Indian Oil Corp. and Brunei National Petroleum Co.

The project is one of almost two dozen proposed for Canada’s Pacific Coast by companies including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp. Yet not one major LNG export project has been sanctioned in Canada amid a glut of seaborne natural gas and plunging prices that have caused cancellations and delays of LNG projects from Australia to Qatar [emphasis added–a pot of gold at the end of any pipeline?].

More here on Canadian hydrocarbon heartbreaks.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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