LNG - Fracking

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LNG has been a contentious issue among Tsawwassen First Nation members. (Kamil Karamali/CBC)

The Tsawwassen First Nation has rejected plans to build an LNG export facility just north of the B.C. Ferries terminal.

In a vote on Wednesday night, 53 per cent said 'no' to allowing the 32-hectare project on the nation's traditional land.

"What would you rather have, more money or a better environment?" asked Tsawwassen First Nation member Nic Gurniak. "No need to do more damage to the environment than has already been done."

Betsy Trumpener
Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water and chemicals deep into the earth to fracture shale rock beds and release natural gas for extraction. ( (Brennan Linsley/The Associated Press))

British Columbia's energy regulator has confirmed that a 4.6 magnitude earthquake in northeast B.C. in August of this year was caused by a nearby fracking operation.

"This seismic event was caused by hydraulic fracturing," said Ken Paulson, CEO of the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission. Paulson said fewer than one per cent of fracking operations trigger seismic activity, and those quakes tend to be low magnitude and cause little damage.

Gail MacDonald and Yvonne Lattie

From: Leila Darwish [mailto:leila@skeenawatershed.com]
Sent: December-09-15 8:59 AM
To: leila@skeenawatershed.com
Subject: Media Release: Northern B.C Community and First Nations Unite to Fight LNG


For Immediate Release December 9, 2015

Northern B.C. Community and First Nation unite to fight LNG

Gordon Laxer

It was quite a sight: The CEOs of Alberta’s oilsands projects stood with NDP Premier Rachel Notley to announce Alberta’s climate plan before the climate talks in Paris. The CEOs had the widest smiles.

No wonder. Alberta’s climate plan targets the 28 per cent of Alberta’s greenhouse gases from power generation and transportation (driving), and leaves the 46 per cent of the province’s emissions from the production of oil and gas almost scot-free.

Mychaylo Prystupa
B.C. Premier Christy Clark (center) in front of the Tilbury LNG expansion tank in Delta, B.C, south of Vancouver last week. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s own climate change advisors will recommend a hike in the province’s carbon tax to avoid a complete blowout of a year 2020 climate target due to an aggressive push to build a highly polluting liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, National Observer has learned.

The government is expected to make the premier’s Climate Leadership Team’s report public Friday at 1 p.m. in Victoria, ahead of Clark’s trip to Paris for the UN climate summit next week.

Eric Reguly

[Webpage editor's note: One business writer who doesn't let the hype obscure the facts.]

ROME -- Beware environmental announcements that the oil industry likes, and the Alberta oil industry certainly liked Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's response to her province's delinquent status on the climate file.

Marc Lee

How times have changed in 2015. Just days away from the Paris climate conference, Prime Minister Trudeau met with the Premiers to talk about working together to make Canada a leader on climate. Compare this to PM Harper, who never met with the Premiers, championed the oil and gas industry, and if anything was a disruptive force in global climate negotiations. And leading the march to Paris?

Tsawwassen Chief Bryce Williams said he'll wait for band members to vote on a proposed new LNG project near the ferry terminal. (CBC)

The Tsawwassen First Nation will proceed with a vote on plans to build an LNG export facility just north of the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, it announced on Monday.

"The preliminary concept looks at a plan somewhere between three million and five million metric tonnes per annum," said Tsawwassen First Nation spokesman Chris Hartman. 

"In terms of tanker traffic associated with that, probably somewhere in the range of four to five LNG carriers a month, or about one a week."

Josh Massey
The Pacific Northwest LNG terminal design showing its proposed location near Prince Rupert on Lelu Island. — Image Credit: Web Photo

A MEMBER of a local environmental group hopes the new federal Liberal government pays attention to a letter it sent calling for the rejection of a planned LNG export plant on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.

“I am feeling very optimistic about that,” says Christie Brown of Northwest Watch of the switch in Ottawa from the previous Conservative government. “It's exciting to have a new party in power.”

Vicky Husband
Rolf Lyster, FortisBC director of gas plant operations, walks through FortisBC’s existing Tilbury LNG facility before the groundbreaking for an expansion project in Delta in October 2014. According to the company, the $400-million expansion south of Vancouver will add 1.1 million gigajoules of liquefied natural gas to storage and 34,000 gigajoules per day of liquefaction capacity. The existing LNG facility on the site opened in 1971.   (THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES)

In May, Premier Christy Clark named 19 people to a new Climate Leadership Team that included representatives from provincial and municipal governments, industry, academia, the environmental community and First Nations. She said the team was to “consider the best actions” to get a lagging B.C. back “on track” in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

November 30, the deadline for the committee to submit its recommendations, fast approaches. On that day, international climate change talks begin in Paris and Clark will likely be there boasting of B.C.’s green credentials.


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