If you have only a few minutes to acquaint yourself with BC's proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry,
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- BC Premier, Christy Clark, has a plan for massive export of LNG from plants on BC's north coast. She believes that revenue from this new industry will, through a "Prosperity Fund," solve the province's financial troubles by 2030.
- The government has not held meaningful consultation on this plan.
- At the scale being proposed and in the manner being proposed, the LNG industry would fundamentally change forever the environmental and social fabric of northwestern BC, and would degrade the global environment.
- All of the LNG would be shipped to Asian markets. This is not "Energy for BC," and would likely drive up the price of domestic natural gas as the supply would dwindle.
- The principal market for BC's LNG would be The People's Republic of China, which possesses the world's largest reserves of natural gas. China has begun to switch from reliance on domestic and imported coal, to natural gas. Some of its own natural gas reserves will be onstream before BC's LNG industry gets fully off the ground, thus displacing some of the projected import market. In May 2014, China and Russia signed an agreement to co-construct a pipeline to ship Russian natural gas to China.
- Fourteen LNG projects are being considered; five of these are being actively developed.
- Each LNG plant would be fed by a new natural gas pipeline. Five pipelines are presently being considered. More will follow.
- Each pipeline would be between 550-900 km long.
- These proposed pipelines would traverse relatively wild landscapes, and would enable hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in "mid-stream" watersheds that have so far escaped this environmentally destructive practice.
- Pipeline routes are being surveyed before LNG plants have been approved. LNG plant sitework is being carried out before LNG plants have been approved. Export licences are being granted before any environmental assessment has begun.
- Two LNG plants proposed for the Skeena estuary, at Lelu Island and Ridley Island, would have adverse effects on salmon habitat, affecting the second-most productive salmon-bearing river in BC.
- Converting fracked gas to LNG is an energy intensive process. Any two LNG plants (three have approval) would annually emit greenhouse gases equivalent to the present residential emissions in BC. By 2020, emissions from the proposed LNG industry would account for at least 50 percent of the allowable emissions in BC, making it impossible for the province to reduce emissions to its legally mandated target. So, in 2012, Premier Clark amended BC's Clean Energy Act by order-in-council (no debate), to exempt LNG-conversion emissions from being reportable.
- Most of the electricity to power LNG conversion would be created by burning fracked gas on-site. Acid rain and degraded air quality would be introduced to northern BC.
- BC Premier Clark touts fracked gas as a "clean" energy source. However, when all aspects of its lifecycle in the environment are considered, along with its impact on BC's carbon footprint, fracked gas, if used at the scale being proposed and in the manner being proposed, would be "dirtier" than coal.
- The BC government is reworking the province's tax structure. It is doing this to incorporate the proposed revenues from the LNG industry. The financial stability of the province is being handed over to the whim of corporate industry - if the pipeline and LNG export companies pull out in six months, a year, three years, because overseas demand for LNG dries up, the BC government's revenue stream will be in shortfall.
- How much money would foreign-owned companies pay for BC's fracked gas? After recouping their capital expenditures (at least $20 billion per project), they would pay a seven percent royalty - equivalent to the provincial sales tax in BC.
As you navigate this site, you will be able to explore all of these issues in detail.
But what can you do with a half an hour, or so, right now?
If you live in BC, find your MLA and email them to let them know what you think.
Copy your correspondence to BC Premier, Christy Clark, and to Minister of Natural Gas, Rich Coleman.
Submit comments on projects that are open for comment.
Contact industry to let them know that you do not support their proposed projects. Always ask for replies.
Post on Facebook and spread the word.