Federal Minister Tours LNG Canada Project in Kitimat

John Crawford and The Canadian Press

Canada's natural resources minister says the environment and the economy go hand-in-hand after he toured the LNG Canada site in Kitimat yesterday, days after the United Nations warned more needs to be done to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Amarjeet Sohi said the Kitimat project -- and the Coastal GasLink pipeline which will supply it with natural gas -- will provide a clean source of fuel, and will provide countries such as China, India and Japan a cleaner alternative to coal and diesel power.

[PHOTO:  Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi Tours LNG Canada Project at Kitimat -- Facebook Photo]

He says the Trudeau government is showing leadership on climate change to meet the requirements of the 2015 Paris climate change agreement by putting a price on pollution, encouraging more investment in renewable energy and bringing in better regulations to reduce emissions.


[PHOTO:  Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi Tours LNG Canada Project at Kitimat -- Facebook Photo]


He said oil and gas will remain a source of energy for the foreseeable future, which is why Canada needs to expand its non-US global markets to continue to create Canadian jobs.

But he says Canada must also take action to reduce the impact of climate change.

While in Kitimat, Sohi also announced 690-thousand dollars in federal funding for a Gitxsan-led bioheat project in Hazelton.

The funding will help support biomass heating for the new Upper Skeena Recreational Centre, which is replacing the demolished Ken Trombley Memorial Arena.

[PHOTO:  Upper Skeena Recreation Centre in Hazelton under construction (July 2018) -- CFTK TV Photo]

It's the first such funding announcement under the government's Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program with a goal of reducing remote communities use of fossil fuel for heat and power.

Sohi will be in Terrace today, where he's expected to announce funding for economic development in the forest industry.

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