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Pembina Institute reacts to cancellation of Pacific NorthWest LNG project

July 25, 2017

Pacific NorthWest LNG’s rendering of the first phase of the project, near Prince Rupert.

VANCOUVER / COAST SALISH TERRITORY — Karen Tam Wu, acting B.C. director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement that Petronas will not proceed with the Pacific NorthWest LNG project:

“The Pacific NorthWest LNG project would have been one of the largest carbon polluters in Canada. With today’s announcement that Petronas will no longer pursue the project, British Columbia can truly move forward on the path to clean growth and seize untapped economic opportunities in all parts of the province.

“Petronas and its partners cited shifts in the energy sector as key to their decision. Indeed, LNG demand and prices have fallen as the world transitions to renewable sources of energy. We now have an important opportunity to ensure B.C. is not left behind as the global economy shifts and the costs of a changing climate begin to mount.

“Across B.C., communities have stood up and said LNG development doesn’t fit with their vision for a prosperous economy. The cancellation of this project highlights the need for B.C.’s new government to act quickly to stand up for healthy and safe communities, grow sustainable resource sector jobs, build a strong clean tech sector, position B.C. to be competitive in the changing global economy, and make clean choices more affordable.”

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Communications Lead, Pembina Institute
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Background

Action plan: Vision for Clean Growth in B.C.

Op-ed: Six troubling subsidies that support B.C.’s LNG industry

Blog: Will B.C. LNG exports reduce global carbon pollution?

Infographic: Pacific NorthWest LNG: B.C.’s climate plan fails to limit emissions

About the Pembina Institute

The Pembina Institute is a non-profit think-tank that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean energy transition. We have offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Ottawa. Learn more: www.pembina.org

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