Reaction as Aurora LNG Gets Out of Dodge Cove
The news of Aurora LNG getting out of Dodge Cove was a surprise for the most part for resident Des Nobles.
Nobles has lived in the Digby Island community of about 35 people for the past 33 years.
He was one of the residents who were against the idea of Aurora LNG being built in his backyard.
“We’re at a lost to explain why you would locate these types of developments so near to human beings and habited areas. In other parts of the world, these things are built away from where people live. These are developments that come with significant risk and as such, it should be treated that way.”
Nobles (pictured right) says his phone was ringing non-stop when the news came out mid-Thursday morning.
“That was very heartening to have happen.”
A lot of Dodge Cove residents believe that the federal and provincial governments, along with the companies proposing the projects, should not being making decisions when they’re thousands of kilometres away considering it’s impacting their own back yard.
“If you don’t have the local people on side when you consider these types of developments, you’re going to find yourself situations that are not the most conducive for development. I think that is the one lesson all levels of government need to take away is that further consultation and really meaningful consultations and understanding of needs, needs to be developed in the process.”
Nobles believes the governments should look at how Environmental Assessments are done in the future.
“Governments need to come to the areas and sit down with the people that live in the region and say; “Alright. What might work?””
As for now, Nobles says he’ll take the time to breathe a little easier for the first time in two years.
Meanwhile, the head of the BC LNG Alliance feels the liquefied natural gas industry is still alive.
President and CEO David Keane expected that not all of the proposed projects would come to fruition anyways.
“There will be a national consolidation and also natural progression in terms of some of the projects falling away. When you look at the BC LNG Alliance, we represent the seven leading proponents. All of our members are focused on getting the projects across the finish line.”
The Alliance didn’t include the now scrapped project, but does include LNG Canada, Kitimat LNG, WCC LNG and Grassy Point LNG.
Keane says many of the members probably won’t be making the final investment decisions until next year or even as far away as 2021.