REPORTING · 8th July 2013
On Wednesday, June 26th, the Shell LNG Canada Project opened the community information centre at the old Methanex offices. They opened the office with an open house consisting of a Barbecue, cake and information session.
Rob Seely welcomed everyone and recognized that this is taking place on Traditional Haisla Territory. “As many of you know, the Shell LNG Canada is proposing to build and operate a world class LNG Export Facility here in Kitimat on this site. While our project team is combined expertise in safety, development of the projects, execution, construction, operations, we will be looking to you, the community to share your ideas with us. We’re confident that by working with the community, we’ll be able to deliver a project that we’ll all stand behind and we can all benefit from and be proud of,” said Seely.
He reminded everyone that they are at the beginning of the journey, and the project is not a project just yet. However, he told everyone that they have all the ingredients for a project and the right opportunity.
“This centre is a symbol of our commitment to working with the community and being part of the community and sharing information about the project as it goes forward and your attendance here today is an important step as we really appreciate everyone coming here and sharing your enthusiasm, your comments, your concerns, your issues,” said Seely.
Sammy Robinson, Haisla Hereditary Chief performed a traditional Haisla welcome and blessing for the facility. After speaking in the Haisla Language, he stated: “At this time, I’d like to welcome Shell Canada, LNG and their associates to our Traditional Territory. We are very happy to have them here.”
He stated the deal will benefit the Haisla Nation and the surrounding area. “It is a good day for everybody today, especially the Haisla,” said Robinson. He thanked them for choosing this area for their Natural Gas Plant and that people around the world will know where Kitimat is.
“We’re doing it for our children, their children, their grandchildren further down the line,” said Robinson.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan thanked LNG Canada for inviting her to speak and learn more about their project. She recognized the entire City Council who was present as well as the CAO Ron Poole.
“It shows how we are all working together and how we are all happy that you’re coming into our community, Rob [Seely] and Shell. The District of Kitimat has been involved in the effort to attract industry to our community for many years. Sometimes focusing on the import of a content, and sometimes focused on the export,” said Monaghan.
She stated LNG Canada is planning to build an export terminal in Kitimat. She was pleased to be there for the opening of the information centre which would bring representatives of the company to inform the people of Kitimat about their project.
“We would like to congratulate all those who were involved in bringing this enterprise to our community and we wish LNG Canada Continued Success as the project progresses,” said Monaghan.
The information Centre is open from 11:00-5:00 pm from Wednesday to Friday and KLNG is going to attempt to be there every second Saturday.