Sponsors: Peace River Regional District
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse | Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS the singular energy policy direction of the Province of British Columbia is to export natural gas in significant volumes;
AND WHEREAS Australia has already focused on the export of natural gas to the detriment of their domestic, business, manufacturing and institutional communities:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Premier develop priority policies to ensure that the domestic supply for citizens, business, manufacturing and institutional needs will remain readily accessible and priced to be affordable.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership endorsed resolution 2012-B85, which in part requested that the provincial government “develop strategies that will address the long term domestic supply” as well as “satisfy existing commitments” for natural gas in BC.
In response to the resolution the provincial government highlighted its Natural Gas Strategy and complementary Liquefied Natural Gas Strategy. The Province provided assurance that the Natural Gas Strategy is designed to “ensure there is a reliable, abundant supply” of natural gas for domestic use; and the Liquefied Natural Gas Strategy will in part focus on “keeping energy rates affordable for families, communities and industry.”