Antigonish Co. councillors express support for Goldboro LNG

Greg Morrow, 101.5 The Hawk

Municipal officials in Antigonish Co. are showing their support for a proposed LNG project in the Quad Counties.

They voted to send a letter of support for Goldboro LNG to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Stephen McNeil during January’s regular municipal council meeting Monday night.

After, Owen McCarron, Antigonish Co.’s warden, said they’re a close partner with their counterparts in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.

McCarron said MODG officials have already put a lot of work into this one.

“We just feel it’s important to show our neighbours in Guysborough that we’re supporting this project,” he said. “The importance of this for this whole region is huge- it’ll be big for Antigonish, (and) we just feel it’s important to make a statement of support.”

The project is expected to cost roughly $10 billion (US).

McCarron said that would have a huge impact on the entire region- and province.

“There will be spin-off, whether it’s housing or other businesses that might start up as a result of a project of this size,” he said. “We just feel it’s an important time in the history of Nova Scotia, and this here is a project (that) could be a game-changer for this end of the province.”

Proponents of the project have said preliminary work could start early in 2021, with construction getting underway as soon as late 2022.

They’ve said they expect to hire 4,500 workers during the project’s two peak building years, and 200 permanent jobs once the facility opens.