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Wish list: What three B.C. towns need to achieve energy boom transformation

With Premier Christy Clark's trillion-dollar LNG dream aimed at the road to fiscal freedom, towns such as Kitimat are preparing to be transformed almost overnight, but decaying infrastructure is posing unavoidable obstacles. Municipalities say the government has done nothing yet to address the problem. Read the full story.

1) PRINCE RUPERT

Position: A new cargo port has already begun to transform Prince Rupert, the unofficial capital of B.C.’s north, for the LNG boom.

Projects: Two LNG export terminals, two gas pipelines.

Workers for projects: Up to 12,000.

Population: 12,500.

Wish List: A road link to the town's airport.

 2) TERRACE

Position: The community sits between the export terminals in Kitimat and Prince Rupert, and the wells in northeastern B.C., Terrace and is an important transit point.

Projects: A $750-million electrical transmission line, hydroelectric dams.

Workers for projects: Up to 1,000.

Population: 11,500.

Wish List: A second overpass to ease congestion around the railway that bisects the town.

3) KITIMAT

Position: A slew of new export terminals still in the planning phase would transform the sleepy town into an international energy hub.

Projects: Three LNG export terminals, three worker camps, along with along with three gas pipelines and the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline and export terminal.

Workers for projects: Up to 20,000.

Population: 8,300.

Wish List: Repairs to the Haisla Bridge or a new bridge.

Sources: District of Mackenzie; National Energy Board; Text by Justin Giovannetti; Graphic by Carrie Cockburn

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