Say Yes to Hold Assessment Process for LNG Plant
- Written by Beverly Saunders Beverly Saunders
- Category: Submissions Submissions
- Published: 20 February 2013 20 February 2013
From May 21st to 23rd, the BC government and the oil and gas industry are converging on Vancouver to hold a large Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) summit. In response, the Council of Canadians and the Wilderness Committee are hosting a night of powerful speakers from the frontlines of community resistance to fracking, pipelines and LNG, who will expose the true impacts of extracting and exporting Liquefied Fracked Gas (LFG).
A lot of British Columbia's economic future is riding on the LNG liquid natural gas industry. Premier Clark has caught the LNG bug and has put a lot of stock in that industry making money for all of BC.
But it may be a little too late. Lots of other countries are now on the same bandwagon and the competition is fierce. Meanwhile the Asian market which is the major importer of LNG is working hard to become self-sufficient and some are predicting that they will stop importing the gas before the BC facilites are even built.
The British Columbia 2014 Budget shows a reliance on an as yet unrealized liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry while coming up short on plans to protect the BC environment. Like past government messaging on LNG, the budget promises an industry that will benefit British Columbians, but remains incredibly vague on the specifics of how this will be accomplished.
The Government of B.C. has requested substitution of the Environmental Assessment process regarding the proposed LNG business for Howe Sound, B.C. The proposed LNG vessel transit route would require LNG tankers to enter Howe Sound running past busy Horseshoe Bay.
This proposal shows an ocean going vessel, around the size of an aircraft carrier, 295 m long, 47m wide with a draught depth of 12m, having capacity to carry up to 180,000m3 of LNG with a dead weight tonnage of 85,000 tonnes, running through our marine highway, in the path of B.C. Ferries. This will seriously disrupt the 64 plus daily BC Ferry sailings, and our way of life. This is not acceptable.
There are many examples of 'Death by Success'; the Salmon spawning process, the Praying Mantis mating ritual, and even the successful matchstick which, when struck, proceeds to consume itself. A new example could be the new SCRD Recycling Contract recently signed by the Gibsons Recycling Depot (GRD).