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All you need to know about LNG: Wade Davis, Eoin Finn, Damien Gillis panel discussion

PostedDecember 4, 2015 by in Canada

Watch this panel discussion following West Vancouver screening of the award-winning documentary Fractured Land. Featuring Wade Davis, filmmaker Damien Gillis, and retired KMPG partner, MBA and chemistry PhD Eoin Finn. Everything you need to know about LNG, fracking and our economy. Presented by My Sea to Sky and moderated by Kai Nagata.


About the Author

Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.



    No one, not even the proponents, believes all 21 of the LNG proposals will go ahead.

    The reason for the large number of proposals can be found in the various trade agreements. The Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions, written into those agreements, are proving to be extremely profitable for the proposal investors and their lawyers, regardless of final proposal outcome. If a proposal is denied because existing environmental legislation states the proposal will be a threat, or because citizens object, the investor state dispute settlement mechanism can be enacted.

    This means that if Canada has signed a trade agreement … with the country making the proposal … that country can, if the proposal is denied, sue for expropriated profits. Few countries have faced as many lawsuits through the ISDS process. It has cost Canadian taxpayers billions.

      Brian Hayward

      You’ve nailed it Ken, & whatever is the final outcome of the present discussions in Paris, the result of implementing any proposals that actually have carbon reducing effects will be ‘compensatory penalties’ upon countries shackled by the ‘investor agreements’! Reduction in carbon generation, at least in the Canadian context, will have to mean reduced expectation of profits – & thus compensation payable … in the MULTI-BILLIONS!!!


    A company is allowed to take water from BC Hydro’s Williston Reservoir, where presumably that water would be permanently polluted by fracking, to produce GHG-emitting natural gas or LNG.

    Alternatively, that water could generate clean, renewable electricity by being run through the existing BC Hydro generator.

    Don F.

    It can be a struggle when sane people oppose each other but when facing insanity, such as our provincial government, well!
    We can only hope that with the new administration in Ottawa things will change and clearer minds will prevail.
    Short of that it is left to us to protect what we believe we must and the struggle continues.
    The world is changing and therefore so is the fate of us all.
    My thanks to you for all you have done thus far!

    Laurie Watt

    Excellent discussion. Let’s all do our part in spreading the word: NO LNG!

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