Mp Nathan Cullen says Petronas may have used the weak LNG world market as the reason they canceled their pacific northwest LNG project, but Cullen says the lack of local and broader support also played a huge part in the decision.
From the beginning, Cullen notes Petronas just wasn’t able to fill the requirements of respecting first nations rights and title, providing local jobs and offering economic and environmental stability, he says projects that fulfill those requirement will always be welcomed in the region.
Cullen is a former natural resources and energy critic says like the Enbridge northern gateway, the Petronas project didn’t have social license. It was fought from the time it was announced and even thought the consortium made several concessions to quell opposition, they were never successful.
Cullen says the project was seen by the opposition as too much of a threat to irreplaceable salmon habitat and eel grass beds on flora banks.
Cullen says he believes the company saw the writing on the wall and acted appropriately.