The divide between supporters and dissenters for the development of liquefied natural gas projects in Prince Rupert took a turn recently when a Port Edward councillor admitted he has been attacked for his opinion.
During the District of Port Edward’s council discussion on Dec. 13, Councillor Grant Moore said he was attacked physically for being a supporter of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project proposed for Lelu Island.
“This isn’t the first time it’s happened out here. Other people have been attacked physically. Cars are getting vandalized. It doesn’t really matter where the person is from,” Moore said.
The councillor is also the owner of Ganhada Hotshot, that offers transportation services for industry and mining companies. He reported the incident to an RCMP officer but didn’t want to pursue it beyond that.
“What it did for me is it fuelled my fire. I will definitely be a more outspoken supporter of the project,” Moore said.
Sgt. Dave Uppal said the RCMP encourages the public to contact them if they’ve been assaulted and it’s been determined as a result of being a supporter or someone who is against LNG. “I encourage them to report it to the police because we need to know about that stuff and it’ll be thoroughly investigated.”