Liquefied Natural Gas
British Columbia possesses some of the world’s richest unconventional gas resources. Clark set out an ambitious goal to create a new industry in liquefied natural gas. This required creation of new policies, taxation, energy supply, environmental compliance, and workforce preparation. It also required an extraordinary effort to attract foreign investment.
Garnering environmental approvals from the Canadian government required sustained and determined effort. During her time in office, three projects received their federal approvals, with multiple more project approvals in process. These are the only pipeline projects in recent BC history to be approved for construction by both levels of government.
Recognizing the growing demand to meet social license, her government sought to accommodate each of the Indigenous communities that would be impacted by LNG. Upon leaving office, Clark’s government had negotiated 63 deals worth over $150 million with more than 30 Indigenous communities.
Last year, Shell finalized its decision to start construction on its $40 billion LNG Canada project – an investment that will be the largest single private sector investment in Canadian history.