Dear Premier John Horgan:
Recently, I read a comment that you sent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau your approval for the tanker moratorium on our Pacific West Coast. A week later, I read that you're telling David Black that his refinery plan for Onion Lake near Kitimat is just a dream and that he would likely fall short on it.
What you should have told him is that the Douglas Channel in the very near future will have mega LNG ships loaded with liquified natural gas using the narrow ocean inlet. As well, there will be another LNG terminalbuilt in Kitimat using electricity to liquify the natural gas, which will be the cleanest LNG operation on the planetand they will have their own mega LNG ships. After the second LNG proposal gets built for the Douglas Channel it will be like a Tim Hortons drive thru but with LNG ships in the lineup.
What should have been said is for David Black's refinery plan be built near its customer base in the Lower Mainland where they needed ityesterday, not shipped to other countries as he wants to do. Give him incentives to get it done as you did for the LNG industry, which turned out to be the news the LNG industry was waiting for. Great idea, Premier Horgan and a great followthrough but now incentives are in need for the oil industry.Load incentives for David Black's refinery idea and other big oil companies to build refineries in the Lower Mainland. Transportation and gas taxes will be greatly diminished, from $1.70 plus per litre to 70 cents and possibly lower per litre.
Get them to build a refinery that is the greenest operating refinery built by capturing carbon and other pollutants which then get pumped deep into the earth's surface.