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NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership - Amended & Endorsed by the UBCM Membership
WHEREAS the Province is actively supporting the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as British Columbia’s future economic driver;
AND WHEREAS multiple proposals and applications for LNG and other large scale industrial projects are creating a drain on the limited resources of many small communities and regional districts;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA urge the Provincial government to develop an LNG plan to provide immediate and meaningful assistance to local governments in British Columbia to address the issue.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership endorsed resolution 2005-B36, which expressed concern about the impacts of increased economic activity on housing, medical services, recreation and other aspects of communities; and requested that the Oil and Gas Commission consult with local government “so that the level of increasing economic activity can be ascertained and considered with regard to future community and regional developments.”
In response to the resolution the provincial government indicated that the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) would, upon request from a local government, provide information or reports, and attend municipal or regional district meetings. The Province also anticipated that planned structural changes and increased staffing in the Compliance and Enforcement Branch would result in better service to communities. The Province acknowledged that “communities’ information needs are different.”
As well, the provincial government clarified the roles of the OGC and the then Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (Ministry). According to the Province, the OGC is mandated to “regulate for the benefit of all, considering environmental, social and economic matters,” while the Ministry’s role is to “facilitate responsible development of the resource.”