Harper Government Announces Approval of Long-term Export Licence: Supports Jobs and Long-term Prosperity in British Columbia

Harper Government Announces Approval of Long-term Export Licence: Supports Jobs 
and Long-term Prosperity in British Columbia 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/25/13 -- The
Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today
announced the approval of a long-term export licence to LNG Canada
Development Inc. to export liquefied natural gas from the terminal
proposed by the Shell consortium in Kitimat. LNG Canada is a joint
venture comprising Shell, Korea Gas Corp., Mitsubishi Corp. and
PetroChina International. 
This announcement represents the latest milestone demonstrating how
responsible development of Canadian natural gas is benefiting jobs
and long-term prosperity in British Columbia and across our country.
The Minister was joined by Ellis Ross, Chief Councillor of the Haisla
Nation, and Anders Ekvall from Shell Canada Ltd.  
"The Harper Government is aggressively working to open new markets
for Canadian natural resources in the fastest-growing region of the
world," said Minister Oliver. "Today's announcement is the latest
milestone in our efforts to support Canadian jobs and generate
critical revenue that funds social programs such as health and
Currently, 100 percent of Canada's natural gas exports are to the
United States. However, global energy demand is expected to increase
by 35 percent between 2010 and 2035, and Canada is well poised to
support that demand. The approval of the licence demonstrates the
momentum of Canada's burgeoning liquefied natural gas industry and
the efforts underway to access world markets. 
Aboriginal communities are benefiting from resource development
across Canada. The natural resource industry currently supports
31,000 Aboriginal jobs across the country - making natural resources
the largest employer of Aboriginals in Canada. In British Columbia,
the Haisla Nation is actively collaborating to find sustainable
opportunities for their people.  
"The Haisla people are pleased to see today's announcement and a
further step forward in this project," said Chief Ross. "We are
excited by the economic opportunities presented by the project and
what those benefits will mean to improving the lives of our people
and helping us stand on our own. We appreciate the relationship we
have with Shell and look forward to 
working closely with the project, Canada and B.C. as Canada
establishes strong marine protection safeguards and capabilities." 
The LNG Canada licence is the third long-term licence issued since
2011. This 25-year licence allows for up to 24 million tonnes of LNG
to be exported per year, making it the largest licence awarded to
date. If this project and the four other proposed LNG projects for
B.C. go forward, they could generate more than $1 trillion in
economic activity over the next 30 years. 
"Shell and our partners in LNG Canada - KOGAS, Mitsubishi, and
PetroChina - are very pleased about today's announcement," said
Anders Ekvall, Shell's Vice-President of LNG Americas. "This is an
important project for our respective companies and for British
Columbia and Canada. It will support the diversification and growth
of Canada's energy markets, and we are committed to developing this
project in a way that creates socio-economic benefits for the Haisla
and other First Nations, B.C. and Canada. We also recognize this
important milestone is just one of the major regulatory approvals
that will be required to make the project a reality, including a
comprehensive environmental assessment. We will continue to work
closely with First Nations, local communities, and the federal and
provincial governments to meet social and environmental
Our Government's plan for Responsible Resource Development supports
800,000 direct jobs across our country while ensuring the environment
is protected. Resource industries represent 13 percent of British
Columbia's economy. 
Over the past year, Minister Oliver has visited the United States,
Europe, China, Korea, Japan, Israel, India, the Philippines and Hong
Kong to promote Canada's abundant resources. 
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