LNG, Fracking, and the Comox Valley Connection

Public forum, February 27 in Courtenay, BC

Photo by Jan Egil Kristiansen CC, cropped from original

Come out and learn more about Fracking for LNG and its impact on Northern BC and the First Nations who live there. As well as the natural gas we burn, there’s a local connection with the (now “on pause”) Kwispaa LNG project proposed for Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The proposed gas transport pipeline to the facility would travel from the Chetwynd area to Williams Lake, southwest to Powell River, across the Strait of Georgia to the Island and land around Courtenay/Comox. It would then cross the Island to the Kwispaa LNG site at Sarita Bay.

The forum will take place from 7-9pm on Wednesday, February 27 at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay, BC. It is open to all, first come first serve (i.e. no ticketing), and is brought to you by the Watershed Sentinel magazine, Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter, and the Glasswaters Foundation

Featuring five speakers and a question period.

· Bernadette and Keith Wyton from the Barkley Sound Alliance will give background on the Kwispaa project and speak to where it’s at now.

· Richard Wright, Wilps Luutkudziiwus Spokesperson from Madii Lii Center in Gitxsan territory in Northern BC, will speak about the history and cumulative impacts the oil & gas industry’s activities in Northern BC and the Indigenous rights context of such projects.

· Micheal Sawyer, environmental consultant who successfully appealed a decision of the NEB with respect to the Prince Rupert LNG pipeline will speak to the greenhouse gas implications of the LNG industry and his current legal challenge to the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which is being contested by the Wet’suwet’en people and their allies.

· Damien Gillis, BC journalist, filmmaker, and co-director/co-producer of the documentary feature Fractured Land, will present video clips and speak to the impact of fracking on land and water.

More info:

Steelhead LNG and the Huu-ay-aht First Nation have entered a co-management agreement with massive foreign investment, to develop, construct, and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the Alberni Inlet on Vancouver Island.

Proposed is a 730 hectare natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Nuumaqimyiis Bay (also known as Sarita Bay), about 45 kilometres south-southwest of Port Alberni. The facility would export an estimated 24 million tons of liquid natural gas per year at full build-out, requiring six to seven LNG carrier ships weekly.

The natural gas supply for the project would be sourced almost exclusively from fracked wells. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to access methane needed for LNG plants has become a major issue for First Nations in the province’s northeast.

Discussion of the pipeline in the project description is a scant two paragraphs. Steelhead states the pipeline would undergo a separate environmental review, despite being integral to the export facility. Steelhead Natural Gas Pipelines Ltd, a separately owned subsidiary of Steelhead LNG, would build the pipeline.

On February 15, the Huu-ay-aht First Nation published an open letter expressing deep disappointment in Steelhead’s move to pause work on Kwispaa.

Additional info:

Facebook event page 

Full project description (PDF): https://ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/documents/p80160/125886E.pdf

https://watershedsentinel.ca/articles/kwispaa-lng-project-moves-ahead/

https://www.albernivalleynews.com/news/potential-route-examined-for-pipeline-feeding-kwispaa-lng-facility-near-sarita-bay/

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/04/06/Sarita-Bay-LNG-Vote/

Environment Canada’s page for the project: https://ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/evaluations/proj/80160?culture=en-CA

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