Think “Trinidad and Tobago” and the images that come to mind are probably Caribbean beaches and carnivals. And that explains why these beautiful islands are such an attractive tourist destination. But this small country is also a powerhouse in liquefied natural gas (LNG) – hosting one of the western hemisphere’s largest gas-processing plants, providing nearly three quarters of all of the United States’ LNG imports, and ranking sixth among global exporters. As a result, its people earn among the highest incomes in their region.
Trinidad and Tobago is living proof of the compatibility of responsible resource development with a healthy natural environment. And here in BC we have a similar opportunity to have a world-leading LNG industry that will fit seamlessly into our own spectacular natural environment. Seizing that opportunity will create huge amounts of both new employment, much of it in construction, and public revenues. And that means stronger and more prosperous communities, and improved quality-of-life for British Columbians and Canadians.