What does LNG mean for the Fraser River?

Liquefied natural gas – or LNG – is once again a big topic of conversation in B.C. With a large export terminal coming to Kitimat, another terminal proposed near Squamish and other projects in the works along the coast, there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to LNG.

That’s why the next Fraser River Dialogue – the final one for 2018 – will feature a conversation regarding this new energy resource. 

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“LNG is certainly the latest resource buzzword, but not a lot of people know what it really is, how it works or what its potential implications are for the province of B.C.,” said Stephen Bruyneel, executive director of the Fraser River Discovery Centre.

“Even fewer know that FortisBC – B.C.’s largest energy provider – already has two LNG facilities, one of which has been operating on the Fraser River at Tilbury Island for more than four decades.” 

The Fraser River Dialogue will be held at the centre on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. FortisBC representatives will talk about what LNG means for the Fraser River, including the environmental and economic outlook of this increasingly popular energy source.

The Fraser River Dialogue series was launched by the centre as a forum for public education and discussion on important issues related to the Fraser River.

“LNG may be new for many British Columbians but it has been shipped safely around the world for more than five decades,” said Gillian Robinson, director for the BC LNG Alliance. “We are entering a new era for LNG, with unprecedented global demand expected to surge over the next two decades. B.C. has an important role to play by helping meet this demand with what will be the lowest-emission LNG produced anywhere in the world thanks to B.C.’s stringent environmental regulations and carbon tax.”

Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased at https://www.fraserriverdiscovery.org/frd.

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