Gitxsan hereditary chiefs blocked Highway 16 at New Hazelton, in northern B.C. on Saturday, to protest recent LNG project approvals by the BC Environmental Assessment Office. The chiefs say the projects could collapse the salmon population in the Skeena River if built.
“The Gitxsan people have relied on salmon for thousands of years. The importance of salmon far outweighs any of the financial benefits that are and may be offered in the future for these LNG pipelines,” Spookw hereditary chief Guuhadakwa (Norm Stephens) stated in a release.
“The risk (of LNG) to the salmon is far to great to allow any pipelines to cross our territories and none will. We will not lose the salmon on our watch.”
Despite the icy weather, people held up signs on the frozen highway expressing outrage for the approval of new infrastructure without adequate consultation.
Nisga'a member Will Klatte passed through security at the legislature building in Victoria to disrupt an illegitimate signing of pipeline and other energy agreements with the BC government. The Nisga'a, the true Peoples of the Land, have never signed treaty or ceded their territories, nor do they consent to signing approvals for these pipeline projects.
Another letter from scientists has been sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau objecting to a major industrial project in B.C.
More than 90 climate experts, including Australia’s Tim Flannery and retired NASA climate scientist James Hansen, have called upon the federal government to reject the proposed $11-billion Pacific Northwest LNG Project in Prince Rupert.
David Suzuki also signed the letter, which states that if the plant is approved, it would be “one of the single largest point source emitters in Canada” of greenhouse gases.
The controlling shareholder is Petronas, which is Malaysia’s state-owned energy company.
“As an Australian living with the consequences of gas exploitation, I know that LNG is the wrong pathway to take—from both an environmental and financial perspective,” Flannery said in a news release issued this morning.
The letter was sent less than a week after 250 Canadian scientists raised concerns about the $8.8-billion Site C dam in northeastern B.C. At the time, the president of the Royal Society of Canada wrote to Trudeau criticizing the regulatory approach.
The signatories to today’s letter about the Pacific Northwest LNG proposal say that it “would make it virtually impossible for BC to meet its GHG emission reduction targets, and would undermine Canada’s international climate change commitments”.
B.C. academics who signed the letter include Kathryn Harrison, Kirsten Zickfeld, William Rees, Patrick von Aderkas, John B. Walsh, James Tully, Lynne Quarmby, Trevor Hancock, George Hoberg, Neena L Chappell, Gwenn E. Flowers, Steve Running, Garry Clarke, Sally Aitken, Arne Mooers, Brian Menounos, Arthur L. Fredeen, Keith N. Egger, Stephen Dery, Kerry Delaney, Colin Goldblatt, Robert Kowalewski, Michel Lefebvre, Christian Schoof, Diana Varela, Verena Tunnicliffe, Stephen Pond, Adam Monaham, Christopher R. Barnes, N. Ross Chapman, Tim Takaro, Alejandro Frid, and Lionel Pandolfo.
The Lax Kw’alaams Band, a Canadian first nations people living in a remote part of British Columbia, turned down an offer amounting to $267,000 per person to allow a natural gas pipeline and processing facility to be built on their lands.
Malaysian energy giant Petronas and its partners had offered the 3,600-member band a total of $960 million to allow construction of its $30-billion-dollar Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal and Prince Rupert gas pipeline to proceed.
The band wasn’t interested.
“This is not a money issue: this is environmental and cultural,” the band said in a statement. Representatives of the band voted unanimously against the offer.
In a bulletin discussing the project’s impact, band members noted the project would put a culturally significant island completely off limits, and raised concerns about its impact on marine life and fish supplies. […]
I have been increasingly bothered by the climate movement’s rhetoric around the Keystone XL pipeline. The massive amounts of civil disobedience has been inspiring but I feel that it prioritizes the Keystone XL over so many other equally valid environmental issues that Obama has his hand in. My worry is that Obama will be able to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and appease the climate movement and get their votes in 2012 while at the same time continuing to expand offshore oil drilling, vote for fracking in the DRBC, allow MTR in Appalachia, push for coal and lng exports ect…
The Keystone XL sucks but we need a movement that is standing up to ALL forms of extraction and combustion. It especially bothers me to see friends of mine who are working on organizing buses down to DC and prioritizing that organinzing over the anti-fracking organizing in their own community.
Our resistance should be everywhere and on all levels. We should be against all extraction and our tactics and messages should reflect this. We don’t have time to waste, the world (not to mention people in communities) is already dying.
acckkii commented on Peak Oil - the R/P Ratio re-visited by egrey1
Peak Oil - the R/P Ratio re-visited by acckkii
The Fossil Based Fuels (FBF) have been and would remain for many years as a sustainable energy resource. The life time of this source would be extended however by means of efficient fuel consumption technology. Today, energy price and the reality to having efficient power productivity has forced the manufacturers to give a satisfactory declining trend on fuel consumptions per unit of work. The next problem can be O2. We know that only %16 of the atmosphere is oxygen. Carbon emission is not discussed here. But carbon as an energy source can be maintained much easier than O2. If we are not successful to enrich the atmosphere with adequate CO2 that we have, through photosynthesis with green zones, then O2 is a problem. As long as there is no other option for substitution of (FBF), we should take care of air pollution although CO2 is a vital combination for all the creatures living on the earth. The advantages of (FBF) are the infrastructures and powerful economical relations and ties with our living styles too. That is why other energy sources can never be attractive unless economically can give us the necessary and enough advantages.
At a June 3 press conference, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said a major hurdle had been cleared for the proposed $36 billion Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas pipeline and plant.
“The Lax Kw’alaams voted massively in favour of supporting LNG, with some conditions,” Clark said.
The “massive” vote in favour of the liquefied natural gas project was a major win for Clark, who is up for re-election next year and has invested considerable political capital on promises of jobs and tax revenue from Pacific NorthWest LNG.
Pacific NorthWest LNG calls for the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on Lelu Island, which the First Nation of Lax Kw’alaams claims as part of its traditional territory. Prior to Clark’s announcement, it was the lone First Nation among five that Pacific NorthWest LNG was required to consult with that had not signed an agreement or term sheet with the company.
“It’s important that people in Vancouver and across the country see how much support there is for LNG in these communities,” Clark said.
DOHA Oct 12 (Reuters) - Ship owner Qatar Gas Transport Co
(Nakilat) said a decision on whether to convert 45 of
its largest tankers to burn natural gas instead of oil
“continues to be under consideration” but would not impact the
company financially in any event.The company is about to approve a $1 billion overhaul of the
tankers, prompted by an unexpected fall in natural gas prices
compared with the price of oil in recent years, senior industry
sources told Reuters last week .The work will take place between 2012 and 2015, the sources
added. The tankers are designed to transport liquefied natural
gas (LNG).“The decision on whether or not to refit the LNG fleet with
engine capabilities to burn LNG fuels is an issue that has been
and continues to be under consideration by Nakilat’s
charterers,” the company said in a statement posted on the
bourse website.“To date the charterers have carried out a study addressing
the availability of reliable technology and of the economics
associated with using LNG fuel versus bunker fuel in the
operation of the LNG vessels."If a decision is made to proceed with the refitting of some
of the vessels, the charterers of those vessels will bear the
full cost of this refit, with no financial impact to Nakilat,”
the statement said.Hire rates on LNG tankers have more than tripled to $115,000
per day compared with last year due to scarce availability.
Sources say Qatar’s plan to replace idle tonnage by hiring new
vessels will exacerbate shortages and drive rental rates yet
higher.Shipping brokers and analysts also say the refit program and
consequent idling of Qatari tonnage will push day-rates on LNG
carriers even higher.Several sources in Europe and the United States confirmed
that LNG producer Qatargas was quietly looking to charter
tankers in the second half of 2012, when refit work is expected
[…]Until now, the new government has largely followed a careful course. It has answered an absurdly pro-Conservative press by ignoring the partisan bric-bats and emphasizing its mandate. The goal is to reestablish faith in the political system by keeping promises, regardless of what the wounded courtiers of the defeated regime say.
But last week, the Trudeau government broke a promise to one of its key constituencies — environmentalists — that many see as a betrayal of what was said on the campaign trail. In campaigning, Trudeau earned kudos for saying that while governments grant permits for mega-projects, it is communities who give permission. Which made last week’s acceptance of the environmental assessment of a highly contentious LNG project near Squamish, B.C. such an affront to many. The community and ardent environmentalists who had supported Trudeau, and who passionately oppose the project, are still shaking their heads.
There is good reason for disbelief and the sense of betrayal on the part of environmentalists. For one thing, Squamish has accomplished something of an economic renaissance since its paper mill closed, not before having all but destroyed glorious Howe Sound with its disregard for the environment. Since then, the spectacular region has transformed itself into a world famous ecological destination with breath-taking views, dazzling walking trails, rope ladders, and cleaner air. Even the salmon have begun to return, and with them all sorts of other marine wildlife.
All of that is put at risk by the LNG plant and for what — a marked increase in fracking as a source of natural gas and approximately 100 jobs in Kitimat once the construction phase is done.