City of Prince Rupert discussing LNG terminal on lands across from Seal Cove

The City of Prince Rupert is opening up land across from Seal Cove to a potential LNG export terminal.

The City of Prince Rupert is opening up land across from Seal Cove to a potential LNG export terminal.

At its May 26 meeting, council announced the city was in discussions with Imperial Oil and Exxon Mobile “under an investigative option” to see if a parcel of land on the Prince Rupert harbour waterfront would be suitable for such a terminal. The land in question is part of District Lot 444, which was recently acquired by the city from the province, and is on the west side of the parcel while the city’s water supply rests within a watershed on the east side of the lot.

The partnership, named WCC LNG, has already been granted an export licence for 30 million tonnes of LNG per year and could see the creation of up to six LNG trains. Although the licence has been approved, council noted discussions are very preliminary.

“Part of this process will be the zoning of the parcel, a public process that will determine whether or not the proponent can progress investigation of a potential liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility, subject to government and regulatory approvals,” read a report from city manager Robert Long.

“This is an LNG proposal. Even though people think of Shell and Exxon as oil companies, this is entirely LNG-related,” stressed Councillor Joy Thorkelson.

Because the Community Charter states any proceeds from the sale of lands can be used to acquire ore municipal land, the City of Prince Rupert has formed a wholly-owned subsidiary to transfer the land to.

“By transferring the land to a wholly owned company, any proceeds from the land can be used for any municipal purpose including much needed improvements to the city’s infrastructure,” reads the report, with Thorkelson noting an environmental officer could be hired if the project proceeds.

As well, the city said an environmental consultant would be hired by the wholly owned subsidiary to oversee investigative work being undertaken by the company.

Just Posted

Raiders claim the crown in Terrace

The Prince Rupert Adventure Paving Raiders went 3-0 in the Terrace Classic

Kaien Anti-Poverty Society robbed again

The Prince Rupert society was robbed of food for a second time this month

Cause of Kitkatla seaplane crash released

TSB report on seaplane crash during a water landing in May 2016, Inland Air has since changed policy

UPDATE: Coal train derailment near New Hazelton

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment in Northern B.C.

Rampage beat Quesnel to wrap up the season

The win puts Prince Rupert in second place in the CIHL

VIDEO: New whale rescue equipment comes to Rupert

Fisheries officers took to the water to practice saving stranded whales

Carriers wanted for the Northern View

We have open routes for carriers all over Prince Rupert

VIDEO: Fuel truck and train collide in B.C. causing massive fire

More emergency crews are still arriving on scene of a massive fire at the Port Coquitlam rail yard.

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

UPDATE: Brother of B.C. teen killed by stray bullet says the death left a void

Alfred Wong, 15, was gunned down in Vancouver while on his way home from dinner with his family

Most Read