It was a long trip, and there was considerable "penny pinching" along the way, but Alan Yu returned from his LNG of BUST mission with optimism and a sense of accomplishment on Tuesday, June 28.
Yu, founder of FSJ for LNG, traveled the country to inform the federal government of the precarious economic situation and job market in Fort St. John, and to encourage government to get liquefied natural gas to market.
“After an absence of a little over a month I’m very, very glad to be home,” Yu told the Alaska Highway News.
He said he “definitely” felt that he’d accomplished what he’d set out to do, and that the highlight of his trip was the opportunity to testify at the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.
“We were not supposed to be in Ottawa on that day, however, I stayed behind so that I could testify ... I feel that the things that I said there, especially that we have to bring our natural resources, natural gas and oil, to market, will make a lasting impression on the government.”
Supporters funded the trip. However, only three-quarters of the budget was raised.
“When I was in Ottawa, I thought I was going to be in trouble because we didn’t raise enough money for me to go back,” Yu said.
But help came when it was most needed.
On the day Yu and his team, numbering five in all, ran out of funds, “Someone who has been a long supporter of Fort St. John for LNG actually said, ‘don’t worry, whatever you need I will provide,’” Yu said.
With the 90-day clock ticking on a federal decision on Pacific NorthWest LNG, Yu is “optimistic” that the federal government will approve the project.
He believes the LNG or BUST mission and their presence in Ottawa will help sway government officials’ decision.
“I know for a fact that we did hit the daily summary news for Parliament ... I feel that they are aware of the economic need to approve the (the project),” Yu said.
“We are very happy, and I am optimistic that the federal government will approve Pacific Northwest LNG. Everyone in Ottawa is saying that it will be up to science, which is good. I just hope it is the right science that also involves economics.”
Yu’s homecoming was celebrated with a vehicle convoy and a party at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 102.