LNG - Fracking

Derrick Penner

July 19, 2016 - The province has approved $120-million in tax breaks to 10 energy companies in exchange for continued spending on developing the industry’s infrastructure in northeastern British Columbia, Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman said Tuesday.

Companies involved, which include Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Chevron Canada and the Cutbank Ridge Partnership — a joint venture of Encana Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. — are expected to spend $185 million on 15 authorized pipeline or road-building projects.

JWN staff

LNG Canada joint venture participants – Shell, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation and Kogas – have decided to delay a final investment decision on LNG Canada that was planned for end 2016.

Crawford Kilian
'Fire ice' is better known as methane clathrates. Photo by Wusel007, Creative Commons licensed.

How a discovery in South China Sea fuels further doubt around BC's stalled natural gas dreams.

Over the last few years, China has annoyed some of its neighbours by dredging islands out of the South China Sea and claiming the whole region as its property. These steps have not much alarmed the West, apart from a few pundits looking for the Next Big Enemy.

Sarah Berman

June 27, 2016 - If you ask the premier of British Columbia, Canada's largest resource project proposal now has a green light from the five First Nations groups it was legally required to consult.

The massive $36-billion liquefied natural gas terminal proposed by Pacific Northwest LNG already earned signed agreements (or preliminary agreements with conditions) from four of the five bands on BC's far northwest coast. It just needed consent from one more.

Ash Kelly, Brielle Morgan
Lax Kw'alaams
For more than 5,000 years, First Nations people have collected plants and harvested red cedar on Lelu Island, which sits where the Skeena River meets the Pacific Ocean near Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia.
Gary Mason

Even a few short months ago, the idea that Alberta would be considered ahead of its neighbour to the west when it comes to environmental stewardship would have been laughable.

R.P. Stastny

If anyone wondered where the sizzle over B.C’s 19 LNG projects went, consider the seismic shifts in global natural gas trade.

Even if a B.C. LNG proponent is able to successfully navigate Canada’s regulatory maze and accepts Canada’s track record of megaproject cost overruns and works through its formidable aboriginal consulting requirements and then does this all over again to build a connecting pipeline, it still needs to factor in a forecasted 45 per cent leap in global liquefaction supply over the next five years, leaving demand growth far behind.

David Hughes
Laying pipelines

In December 2015, Canada joined 176 other countries to sign the Paris Agreement. By doing so, Canada has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 (a minimum reduction that must be revisited according to the terms of the agreement). Environment Canada’s latest projections show that under existing energy and climate policies, emissions will be 55 per cent above the Paris Agreement target in 2030, which means that Canada has some serious work to do to fulfill its commitment.

John Vidal
 Preston New Road Action Group poster. Photograph: Preston New Road Action Group

“We are ready for them,” said Tina Louise Rothery. “It has been a long battle but we have been ready for a confrontation for a long time.”

Rothery is one of a growing group of women at the forefront of opposition to fracking. Of the 250 anti-fracking community groups that have sprung up in Britain in the past few years, very many are led, or strongly backed, by women, who say they have been outraged at plans to risk people’s health by exploiting the countryside for shale gas.


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