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REPORTING · 24th October 2015
Walter McFarlane
There was an LNG Conference in Vancouver from the 14th to the 16th of October, dubbed International LNG in BC Conference. Members of Kitimat’s Council went down to represent the community.

“There were a lot of good presentations,” said Mayor Phil Germuth, “Good panel discussions on some of the challenges they still face. Nothing is still a slam dunk although it does look positive. [There were] lots of good meetings with all of the LNG Groups, lots of good discussion.”

Germuth stated Kitimat was well represented at the conference. Three of the LNG involved in one of the five panel LNG panels were from Kitimat. Councillors Rob Goffinet, Clair Rattee, Mary Murphy, Mario Feldhoff and Edwin Empinado as well as the Economic Development Officer, Rose Klukas.

At the Regular Meeting of Council on Monday, October 19th, several of the City Councillors reported on this trip.

Councillor Edwin Empinado stated the conference was very informative and it was good to see young people from the Kitimat Area taking part. “They’re pushing for the trades program in the high school but I guess the government needs to incorporate that into the system,” said Empinado.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff stated this was a good opportunity to meet with the proponents. Councillor Rob Goffinet expressed the proposed projects for Kitimat were the driver of every LNG opportunity in BC. Councillor Mary Murphy stated it was amazing and the panels were excellent.

Germuth expressed like everyone else, Council is waiting on a final investment decision.