Tensions with China ‘do not play out in our project at all’: LNG Canada CEO

OTTAWA — The head of LNG Canada says Ottawa’s trade and diplomatic frictions with Beijing have had no impact on the massive project that will one day ship liquefied natural gas from British Columbia to major Asian economies — including China.In an interview today, Andy Calitz says the tensions between Canada and China have never been raised at any of LNG Canada’s executive committee meetings.The state-controlled Chinese energy firm, PetroChina, owns a 15-per-cent stake in the $40-billion project — which Calitz says is on track to start transporting gas in late 2023.Calitz says China is actually quite proud that it plans to bring in Canadian gas to help it replace its coal power plants, improve air quality and lower greenhouse-gas emissions.In recent weeks, China has blocked Canadian canola-seed shipments — which is widely seen as a response to Canada’s move in December to arrest senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the behest of the United States.Since Meng’s arrest, China has detained two Canadian citizens on allegations of endangering Chinese national security and has sentenced two Canadians to death for drug-related convictions.The Canadian Press read more

Development moratorium looms in Port Dover

Port Dover is the latest community in Norfolk to face a moratorium on new development due to capacity issues involving water and sewer.In Port Dover’s case, the concern is the county’s ability to produce and store treated water versus its ability to satisfy peak periods of demand.The shortfall is the subject of a staff report that will be tabled at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council. The report recommends a hold on new development applications requiring water service until these capacity issues are addressed.Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp, for one, will support the move.“This issue has been building in magnitude for years now, and the health and safety of our residents needs to be our first priority,” Chopp said Friday in a news release.“We need to be the council that deals with difficult issues such as this one. Staff have made this a priority and are hard at work finding solutions — both short-term and long-term.“I hope my colleagues around the council table will join me in working to fix this situation quickly so we can get back to business as usual in Port Dover.”Chopp alluded to the urgency of the situation in early May during the annual state-of-the-county address in Renton.She told a breakfast meeting of the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce May 8 that capacity issues in Port Dover – Norfolk’s fastest growing community — are among the biggest challenges facing the county.Chopp said Norfolk has the capacity to treat 2,454 cubic metres of water a day in Port Dover, which itself has the capacity to draw 4,579 cubic metres at peak demand.“That is less than 50 per cent (capacity),” Chopp told the chamber. “It is a nightmare. This is the Dover issue that keeps me up at night, not the Misner Dam.”Norfolk has been here before. In recent years, holds on new development applications have been imposed while the county addressed water- and wastewater-treatment issues in Simcoe, Waterford and Port Rowan.The situation in Waterford was recently resolved, allowing the long-delayed Villages of Waterford subdivision in the north end of town to proceed.The proposed moratorium will not affect the subdivision projects already underway in Port Dover. It would, however, delay proposals that are not yet registered, have not received site plan approval or where construction has yet to begin. These projects will be dealt with on a “case-by-case” basis.“The municipality is obligated to have servicing capacities in operation before making commitments for developments,” the staff report to council says.“The county cannot over-commit the plants that provide potable and wastewater servicing. Over-committing is not sustainable and may result in constructing treatment capacities that are never used or not used until late in the treatment plant planning period.”The report and its recommendations will be tabled at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council.The meeting begins in the council chamber at Governor Simcoe Square at 3 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more