LNG - Fracking

Justine Hunter and Justin Giovannetti

Tuesday, May 17 - In the spring of 2015, B.C. Premier Christy Clark challenged jurisdictions around the world to meet or beat her province’s world-leading climate action plan. Now her government is wrestling with rising CO2 levels while Alberta and Ontario have moved aggressively to reduce their provincial greenhouse gas emissions.


Ian Campbell, Michelle Edwards, Tom Pedersen, Matt Horne, Merran Smith, Tzeporah Berman, Nancy Olewiler

Seven members of B.C.'s Climate Leadership Team released the following open letter on May 17, 2016:

Dear Premier,

Kevin Campbell

It’s going to come down to science, not job creation.

That’s the message that a group of B.C. First Nations leaders received from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) when they travelled to Ottawa and Parliament Hill to voice their opinion that the Pacific NorthWest LNG proposed LNG export terminal on Lelu Island does not have universal support from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities alike in the northwest.

Brent Jang

The former mayor of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation is upset that his successor is backing Pacific NorthWest LNG’s plans to build an $11.4-billion terminal.

Garry Reece, who lost to John Helin in November’s mayoral race, said the new mayor overstepped his authority in declaring the elected Lax Kw’alaams Band Council’s conditional support for exporting liquefied natural gas from Lelu Island in northwestern British Columbia.

BC First Nations Leaders

For Immediate Release

April 19, 2016

BC First Nations Leaders in Ottawa to Set Record Straight on Misleading Claims of Support for Petronas’ Pacific Northwest LNG and Call on Trudeau to reject project 

Brent Jang
Demonstrators, who built a two-storey house last fall and constructed a cabin this spring on the island, unveiled plans to build a cultural centre. (Pacific Northwest LNG)

Native leaders of a protest camp are lashing out at the Port of Prince Rupert by unveiling plans to build a cultural centre on Lelu Island, the site of a proposed LNG terminal.

Two Lax Kw’alaams First Nation hereditary leaders have written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, complaining about the federal port’s support for Pacific NorthWest LNG. The consortium, led by Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas, is seeking to construct the $11.4-billion terminal to export liquefied natural gas to Asia.

Justine Hunter

B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan met with his toughest critics on the party’s liquefied natural gas policies, and said his party’s official rejection of the Pacific Northwest LNG proposal could yet turn to Yes.

Mr. Horgan was speaking to the annual convention of the BC Building Trade unions in Victoria on Wednesday, where he sought to diffuse anger from his party’s labour allies over his decision to ask the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to withhold approval for the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG plant near Prince Rupert.

Thomas Walkom

It may scare some New Democrats, but this sketchy recipe for fighting climate change is not particularly left-wing.

The short document, available on-line, can arouse fierce passions.

Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley has called its centrepiece recommendations naive and ill-informed.

Writing in the Star, former party official Robin Sears has dismissed it as the product of “loony leapers.”

Emad Agahi

Hereditary chiefs, Simoyget Yahaan (Donnie Wesley) and Gwishawaal (Ken Lawson) have officially responded to demands from the Port of Prince Rupert, that occupiers of Lelu Island in protest of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal, halt construction activities. 

A letter signed by both chiefs is addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Transport Minister Marc Garneau, and New Democrat Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen. 

Tom Randall

[Webpage: Note that this artticle refers to new investment.]


Wind and solar have grown seemingly unstoppable.

While two years of crashing prices for oil, natural gas, and coal triggered dramatic downsizing in those industries, renewables have been thriving. Clean energy investment broke new records in 2015 and is now seeing twice as much global funding as fossil fuels.


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