That is how BC’s LNG minister is viewing the vote by Tsawwassen First Nation to reject an Liquified Natural Gas plant proposal.
Rich Coleman says he has no problem with the Tsawwassen First Nation vote being billed as a final decision by Chief Bryce Williams.
“I thought it was good leadership by the Chief of the Tsawwassen to go educate his community and go let them decide. Mitsui will look for other sites now. They were just trying to see if that site would work with the First Nation but the first thing they wanted to know was if the First Nations supported it. There are a couple other First Nations that have indicated quietly that they have some interest in talking to Mitsui as well as some other landowners.”
Coleman says the proposal was number 21 on the list and according was a “long way out” anyway.
He says final investment decisions on other proposed LNG facilities are coming.
“I have a final investment decision done on Pacific Northwest LNG, which is a very large facility. Just so you know the one in Tsawwassen was very small. All that is left for it is the Canadian environmental assessment certificate, which will go out for public comment we expect in January.”
Coleman says he expects three more final investment decisions to come in next year.
READ: Rejected proposal for a Tsawwassen LNG facility