Reaction is pouring in as the federal government gives conditional approval to the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
If built, the PNW facility would be located on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert and ship 19-million tonnes of liquefied gas to markets in Asia each year.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says there are 190 legally binding conditions attached to the approval, including a cap on greenhouse gas emissions.
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the project would inject $2.4-billion into Canada’s economy every year and make the country world-renowned for gas exports.
Skeena Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says he’s disappointed in the choice the government made.
Cullen says himself and members of his riding want to see development in the northwest, but not in an area that could put delicate habitats at risk.
Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition’s Shannon McPhail says this will hurt the salmon population.
McPhail believes the legal conditions won’t make a major difference as it can’t undo a mistake.
The Petronas-backed LNG has not yet announced a final investment decision.