– An Ontario Liberal government that is facing an environmental backlash from the province’s coastal waters is rejecting a proposed new drilling proposal that was first presented by the province in February.
The proposed B.P.J.G. (Biomass Gas Exploration and Production) proposal for a seismic disposal well to be drilled near Port Alberni would have removed the possibility of a major spill.
The government announced it had accepted the proposal and is reviewing the project.
But the decision comes as opposition leaders in B. Canada have warned the government against any expansion of fracking in the province.
B.C.’s Environmental Defence says it has received more than 2,500 emails and emails from coastal residents, and more than 800 from coastal communities.
“We’re going to be working with the provincial government and the government of British Columbia on the BPDE well and we’ll be working to see if that well can be operated safely and safely operated in the future,” Environment Minister Mike de Jong said Monday.
De Jong said the BPGE would have been the first seismic disposal of liquefied natural gas in the Pacific Northwest.
“So if that doesn’t work out, it’s not a good idea to expand this in the coastal waters,” he said.
Dejong said the province will consider its options with regards to the BPSG proposal.
“The province’s environmental stewardship of our coastal waters and our coastline is a critical part of our province’s long-term development strategy,” he added.