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Christy Clark says new LNG terminal proposed for Prince Rupert will be "pollution fighting machine"

The Nexen oil sands facility near Fort McMurray, Alta., is now part of CNOOC's international holdings. CNOOC said Nexen properties helped boost its profit in the first half. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

The Chinese-owned company Nexen is now an official participant in the liquefied natural gas race taking place in northwestern British Columbia. Yesterday, Nexen announced plans to build an LNG terminal at Prince Rupert's Grassy Point, and that it would pay the provincial government $24 million for the right to do so.

Premier Christy Clark welcomed the news, saying the announcement is all part of her government's job plan. She also called the province's proposed liquefied
natural-gas plants "pollution-fighting machines." She argues the province will be doing the world a favour if it can sell natural gas to Asia so China doesn't have to use coal and Japan. 

NDP leader Adrian Dix feels otherwise, citing greenhouse gas emissions, and NDP energy critic John Horgan says he feels too much cheerleading is going on. In response to critics, Clark said "We can either decide that we want to get to 'yes', or we are going to throw up barriers... that will ensure we don't have a natural gas industry in British Columbia."

Nexen's so-called Aurora project makes three proposed LNG terminals for the Prince Rupert area, and six for the northwest as a whole.

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