The City of Prince Rupert is stating that the District of Port Edward was not left out in plans for a propane export terminal on Watson Island.
“The City of Prince Rupert consulted with District of Port Edward officials on Monday, March 13th at 1:30 pm with respect to Pembina’s proposed propane export facility on Watson Island. This was a month before any public notifications regarding the project,” Veronika Stewart, communications manager for the city, said.
Both the city and the district’s chief administrative officers have been in discussions regarding the proposed project by Pembina Pipeline Corp. since February, she continued.
“It is unfortunate that these consultations, which involved senior members of Pembina’s management staff, senior members of Port Edward and city staff, were not communicated to the political leadership of Port Edward. The city acted in good will to consult the District of Port Edward, contrary to statements made,” she said.
Stewart’s comments are in response to an article on Port Edward’s regular council meeting on April 11, where acting mayor Dan Franzen read a letter from Mayor Dave MacDonald, who was absent.
The letter stated: “We would hope to have some form of discussion with Prince Rupert when it comes to these kinds of projects that effect all of us in the region.”