LNG, Plans to Ship Canadian Gas to Asia Misguided

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Read this letter to the editor published in the Alaska Highway News which questions the province and gas industry’s plans to open up new markets in Asia by building massive Liquefied Natural Gas plants on BC’s coast. (Nov. 2, 2012)

…Alberta oil is not needed by China or any other part of the world. They have closer,less polluting sources available. The driving force behind Northern Gateway is nothing but corporate greed. If common sense prevails,Northern Gateway is “dead in the water”.

Now,we must also focus on what is fast becoming a horrible, depleting, destructive LNG industry. The proposed number of LNG plants and the diameters and number of proposed pipelines is totally unsustainable and amounts to nothing better than a pre-emptory attack on future generations of not only British Columbians but all Canadians. B.C. does not need to increase natural gas extraction. They simply need to collect royalties on all of the gas that is now being extracted.

While a much smaller, sustainable LNG industry might make sense, the current monstrosity does not. Government propaganda touting Canada’s vast natural gas reserves is neither accurate nor honest. My research shows Canada with 1% of the worlds proven natural gas reserves. China also has 1%. India has .57%.Why would we allow our resources to be depleted so we can give them to China which already has as much natural gas as we do? Australia has much more gas than we do (1.27% of world proven reserves) and is much closer to China and India,reducing polluting,destructive,expensive shipping. Also Russia with the worlds largest reserves(18.3%) borders on China. A land based pipeline could obviously supply China, completely eliminating the need for LNG. Because of the fact that LNG is as polluting as coal, the land based pipeline from Russia would be much, much better for our environment. LNG is NOT a “green” fuel.

Read more: http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/article/20121102/FORTSTJOHN0303/311029967/-1/fortstjohn/lng-liability

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About 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.

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