To the Editor,
The idea that a liquefied natural gas plant located down the Alberni Inlet is “one of the top two sites in B.C.” is utter rubbish. More like the Asian company interested in an LNG plant here was directed to the port authority by the Liberal government who had too many applicants for Prince Rupert and Kitimat, the best sites.
Those cities are far closer to the Orient than we are and are far closer to the fracking sites in Northeastern B.C.
If the origin of the gas supply is in that area, only an idiot would think it’s cheaper to bring natural gas here, probably by new pipelines routed from Northeast B.C. to the Lower Mainland, then to Vancouver Island, and finally to a remote site down the Inlet.
The leading proponent for an LNG plant in B.C. (Petronas) owns Progress Energy which would supply the natural gas, has the money to build a much shorter pipeline to Prince Rupert from which LNG could be shipped a much shorter distance to Asia, and, lastly, has a guaranteed market there.
The entire wacky, local LNG proposals remind me of the absurd idea for an aluminum smelter in the Alberni Valley, but we didn’t see pigs fly then either.