Following a Tuesday announcement that BC has greenlit a massive liquified natural gas project, some Albertans are more than a little salty.
The project, which is expected to be a $40 billion investment, would include the creation of a pipeline that would transport LNG to BC’s shores at Kitimat, BC.
- Federal Court of Appeal quashes approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion
- Massive $40 billion LNG project in Northern BC gets green light
- Federal government to launch environmental impact study into tanker traffic
“British Columbians want a future that brings opportunities for them and their kids in the communities they call home, while living up to our responsibilities to guarantee clean air, land and water for the generations that follow,” Premier John Horgan said in a statement.
“Ours is a province of unlimited potential, and the responsibility of this generation of British Columbians is to make decisions that embrace and preserve that potential.”
Following nearly a year-long feud between Alberta and BC regarding the construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project, which would see the creation of a pipeline bringing Alberta’s crude to Burnaby, BC’s shores, Albertans have taken to Twitter to voice their frustrations over what they see as hypocrisy from the BC government.
I find it a bit laughable that @jjhorgan is boasting about this new $40B dollar LNG project, yet wants to hold Alberta oil industry hostage because “environment”. Clearly, he’s a massive hypocrite. #ableg #bcpoli #cdnpoli
— Doug (@DougYEG) October 2, 2018
So, I don’t get! Pipeline from Alberta to BC can’t get built because of environmental concerns etc., Horgan and Weaver against it. But, LNG plant in Kitimat BC is a go! What gives???
— 🇨🇦 REGULAR GUY (@hdvry) October 2, 2018
Alberta should twin the LNG pipeline with their OIL pipeline.
— James Holden (@jamesholden007) October 2, 2018
Alberta’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deron Bilous was among the outspoken, replying to a tweet from Alberta’s Minister of Energy Marg McCuaig-Boyd that favoured the LNG pipeline as well as the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
We can’t have a country built on double standards. LNG means a 172% increase in marine traffic from its port. TMX results in a 14% increase.
You have to ask: why what’s good for BC isn’t good for Alberta?
— Deron Bilous (@DeronBilous) October 2, 2018
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley echoed McCuaig-Boyd’s sentiment in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, being sure to mention TMX and how it is similar to BC’s new LNG pipeline project.
Building and broadening Canada’s economy is good for every Canadian.
Nation-building projects like LNG are good for all of Canada, just like #TMX is.
— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) October 2, 2018
The Trans Mountain Pipeline Project was halted indefinitely in late August when the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the National Energy Board had failed in adequately researching the environmental implications of the pipeline and that the Federal Government had failed to properly consult with Indigenous peoples.
It was noted that the LNG project may only proceed if First Nations are consulted and treated as partners in projects within their territories.