The BC Government has asked Ottawa if it can take the lead in an environmental assessment of a proposal to export LNG down the Fraser river.
While the Fortis Tilbury LNG facility itself is exempt the assessment will cover a $175-million jetty proposed to be built where LNG tankers would dock.
In an odd twist Kevin Washbrook with Voters Taking Action for Climate Change says the Harper governments environmental review is the better of the two.
“No one would say the federal process is perfect. From the people I have talked to in recent days about this puzzling issue of substitution everyone has said the BC process is less robust. Given the two options we have the federal one seems to be the preferable option.”
Washbrook says the BC Government can’t be trusted to properly assess the LNG export proposal.
“BC is unabashedly in support of LNG exports and has staked a lot on that. That makes me think we can’t have confidence that the province will objectively assess the risks from the this project.”
People have until June 11th to provide the federal government with comment on whether or not an environmental review of the proposal is necessary at all.