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Northern MPs trade words on Pacific Northwest LNG

The Pacific Northwest LNG project faces another three month delay while the federal government mulls its approval, spending extra time to consider an avalanche of public comments and new information from the project’s developer Petronas.

In the meantime, two northern BC MP’s have been trading words on the project online.

Prince George – Peace River Conservative MP Bob Zimmer penned an open letter today calling Skeena – Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen “anti LNG.”

“The only thing Mr. Cullen has done for LNG is continue to suggest unnecessary roadblocks and proudly support anti-LNG messages.” Zimmer wrote in the letter

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Although Cullen isn’t connected to the decision making on the project in any way, Zimmer says he needs to come out in support of the industry.

“He’s gotta make a statement, whether he’s pro LNG or against it. To see some of the anti LNG comments again on Facebook that he made, they just needed to be answered for.” Zimmer said in a phone interview

In his own open letter and during a conference call with reporters last week, Cullen said he’s not anti-LNG at all, pointing to his support of LNG projects proposed by Royal Dutch Shell and the Haisla near Kitimat.

“My position has always been that we can do this development, we just have to do it right. The unfortunate thing to this point is the company and the government seem fixated on trying to place the plant in the worst possible location.”

Cullen says the proposed location on the plant on Lelu Island could decimate an important Salmon habitat for the Skeena Watershed.

“Location matters in business, and salmon matters in the Northwest so let’s do this right. There is no reason why we can’t”

Earlier this month a group of more than 130 scientists wrote a letter to the federal government questioning the science behind the environmental assessment on the project.

The federal government received more than 34,000 public comments on the proposed facility.

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