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What's Wrong With the Big Picture of LNG in British Columbia?

  • Although the scale of the proposed LNG industry dwarfs that of the hydro-electric development of the 1950s and 1960s, and the forest tenure reform of the 1970s, the BC government has not consulted with British Columbians on this issue.
  • The government has no "social licence" in northwestern BC for these projects. The BC Liberals lost all three seats in northwestern BC.
  • BC government agencies (Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources; the BC Oil and Gas Commission) are not providing oversight of the field activities of pipeline companies. These field activities are taking place prior to project approvals.
  • Wild salmon are core to the economy - both traditional and non-traditional - of the upper Skeena watershed. This economy has been valued at $110 million annually. The proposed Pacific Northwest LNG plant on Lelu Island would impact the adjacent Flora Bank eelgrass beds which are CRITICAL to all species of Skeena salmon. A report in the 1970s rejected Lelu Island for any industrial development for precisely this reason. Eeelgrass beds are protected in the US under section 403 of the Clean Water Act.
  • The multiple LNG projects proposed (14 at last count) are being assessed individually, with no regard for cumulative effects.
  • LNG, when used at the scale being proposed and in the manner being proposed, would be "dirtier" for the planet than an equivalent use of coal.
  • Transport Canada's Marine Safety and Security Directorate is unaware of the LNG tanker traffic proposed for the north coast (> 1300 transits per year), and has not considered any policy. In US coastal waters, the Coast Guard provides LNG tankers with armed escorts.
  • Fracked gas pipelines routed north of Hazelton would open up the Bowser Basin to hydraulic fracturing (fracking), threatening fresh water and wild salmon. Pipeline companies admit to wanting to add these "midstream resources."
  • Fracked gas pipelines can be converted to use for oil. TransCanada Pipelines is already doing this elsewhere (Keystone XL, Energy East.) We may see "Enbridge by the back door."
  • The BC government's plan to have three LNG plants operational on the BC north coast by 2020 could double the greenhouse gas emissions of the province, making it impossible for BC to reach its legally mandated emissions targets.
  • All of the product produced would be for export. This would drive up domestic prices for natural gas as supply dwindles.
  • According to the International Energy Agency, two-thirds of all remaining fossil fuels must remain in the ground if the world is to avoid catastrophic levels of climate change.
  • A heavy focus on LNG maintains reliance on fossil fuels while comparatively little money is being spent on developing alternative energy sources. There is no Plan B for when the gas runs out.
  • We are being told that BC has 150 years-worth of fracked gas, but this is at the present rate of consumption (approximately 4 billion cubic feet per day.) Each of the large LNG facilities would require this amount. If five were built, BC would have 25 years-worth of natural gas, and no Plan B.