MP kicking off LNG riding tour

Nathan Cullen wants people in the riding to be knowledgeable in Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), and have a say in the number of proposals.

Nathan Cullen, Skeena —Bulkey Valley MP, wants people in the riding to be knowledgeable in Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), and have a say in the number of proposals.

“There’s a sense of feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are a lot of projects at various stages by many different companies. I think the jury is still out for a lot of people in the Northwest. They don’t know how these projects differ one from the other and what’s going to be good,” Cullen said.

Cullen will launch an LNG tour in the north next month with partners, visiting communities that will be most effected by LNG, including Prince Rupert. The tour will begin in the east in communities such as Smithers and Burns Lake, and move west over the month.

“We’re trying to go to the places that are most on the front lines of these projects and make sure people feel that they have a voice in this discussion,” Cullen said.

Cullen said the tour is in light of the federal government taking people’s voices out of the processes.

“They’re trying to shut down the conversation, we’re trying to make sure it still exists. We respect people’s right to have an opinion and have input into what goes on in our communities,” he said, adding it’s an effort to bring the public along for the ride and have better community consultation than there was for the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

Cullen said the purpose of the tour is to try to bring industry, environment and First Nations together in one form so people can hear the pros and cons of the various LNG pipeline proposals and terminals going on in the northwest