This weeks column for 24Hrs: Put the brakes on LNG until impact of fracking investigated.
This week’s topic:
Should we put a stop to LNG implementation for more study and to set standards?
It appears that for Premier Christy Clark, fracking is the new F-word.
The incredibly well-crafted sales job Clark and the BC Liberals have presented in support of LNG expansion has strategically avoided any reference to fracking.
In fact, in looking through the one-year update of the B.C. government’s LNG strategy, the word fracking is nowhere to be found — the government refers only to the “extraction process.”
Hydraulic fracturing is the process used by many gas companies to extract natural gas that is trapped in rock below the surface. Water is mixed with a combination of sand and chemicals, and forced into the ground under high pressure to fracture the rock, which allows the trapped gas to be extracted. In recent years, the word fracking has become synonymous with pictures of tap water being ignited, and dried-up streams and rivers, thanks to documentaries like Gasland and Fractured Land.
It’s no surprise that the BC Liberals don’t want the public to associate fracking with their highly dubious trillion-dollar LNG expansion plans — public outrage has quashed fracking operations in other jurisdictions. A new survey released last week by Insights West shows that while 50% of British Columbians support LNG expansion, only 26% supported fracking while 39% of people surveyed think fracking is already being done in B.C.
The rush to develop LNG resources is appalling, considering several countries, states and provinces have already banned or put a moratorium on fracking until the considerable environmental concerns can be addressed…
Read the rest of this weeks column, and vote, at this link: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/09/22/put-the-brakes-on-lng-until-impact-of-fracking-investigated
It’s important to note that while this weeks Duel takes a look at whether or not the brakes should be put on LNG until studies and standards can be set, the financial argument against such rapid expansion plans is well supported. BC is very late in the game for LNG development, and the report by the International Gas Union touches on this, as well as other challenges faced by projects in BC.
Insights West survey on LNG and fracking: http://www.insightswest.com/news/residents-in-alberta-and-british-columbia-diametrically-opposed-on-fracking/
Fracking bans/moratoriums around the world: http://keeptapwatersafe.org/global-bans-on-fracking/
BC Gov’t has no problem with fracking :http://www.canada.com/story_print.html?id=dcbe13ef-14a8-406c-aa53-98fa7b7e7ae0&sponsor
BC Oil and Gas Commission lacks transparency on fracking violations: ( nothing to look at here, move along…) http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Commission+lacks+transparency+fracking+violations/7982077/story.html
Petition for water license reform from Fort Nelson Band: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/fort-nelson-bands-anti-fracking-petition-draws-overwhelming-response/article5828976/
2013 World LNG report from the International Gas Union: http://www.igu.org/gas-knowhow/publications/igu-publications/IGU_world_LNG_report_2013.pdf
BC’s LNG plan boosts immigrant workers http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/b-c-s-liquefied-natural-gas-plan-boosts-immigrant-workers-1.632957