Woodfibre LNG Limited (Proponent) proposes to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the old Woodfibre Pulp and Paper Mill site near Squamish, British Columbia. The facility would have a storage capacity of 250,000 m3 and would produce up to 2.1 million tonnes per year of LNG.
What is LNG?
LNG (liquefied natural gas) is fracked methane from northeast BC which is transported in pipelines and then cooled to -162°C so it can be shipped as a liquid in LNG tankers. With 70-100 tankers transiting Howe Sound every year, Woodfibre LNG will change Howe Sound forever.
Here are the top issues with Woodfibre LNG:
The people behind Woodfibre LNG
Woodfibre LNG is owned by the notorious Indonesian billionaire, Sukanto Tanoto, whose companies have a history of tax evasion, animal rights violations, and human rights offences. The vice-president, Byng Giraud, has been linked to a robo-call scandal, illegal donations to the BC Liberals, and used to work for Imperial Metals, the company responsible for the Mount Polley mining disaster. LEARN MORE
Illegal donations to the BC Liberals
Woodfibre LNG and their staff have donated over $166,934 to the BC Liberal party during the project’s environmental assessment. This calls into question the integrity of the process.
LNG exports will increase fracking in BC
LNG in Howe Sound violates international safety standards and practices
LNG tankers have a relatively good safety record thanks to strict international guidelines. These guidelines are not being followed by Woodfibre LNG. Canada has no regulations for LNG tankers and the potential conflict between recreational boaters, ferries, and LNG tankers has not been adequately addressed. LEARN MORE
LNG tanker traffic puts residents at risk
As LNG tankers transit Howe Sound and English Bay, there is a hazard zone for 1,600 metres on either side of the LNG tanker. People within this zone risk death by asphyxiation, or death/injury by fire or explosion if an accident happens. LEARN MORE
Jobs for Canadians may not materialize
Woodfibre LNG plans to build the project in modules offshore and float them here for assembly. The BC Liberals have signed deals with China to allow cheaper, temporary foreign workers that have more expertise. It’s unlikely “BC workers will be first in line” for any jobs.
LNG tax revenue = all risk and no reward
As LNG prices have plummeted 70%, the BC Liberals have slashed taxes to try to make LNG projects viable. With taxes charged on profits, BC bears all the risk and no reward as profits may never be realized. LEARN MORE
Local impacts to wildlife
Underwater noise and light pollution from LNG tankers, tugs, and the onshore liquefaction plant will affect salmon, herring, whales, and other marine mammals. The 115- metre flare stack will affect migrating birds and endangered bats.
eDrive subsidy will increase your Hydro bill
The BC Liberals granted Woodfibre LNG an electricity rate at below cost. BC Hydro customers will need to pay an additional $34-43.5 million every year, and more if Site C dam is built.
LNG is not clean
LNG is the most extreme fossil fuel: when you factor in emissions from fracking and pipelines, LNG creates more greenhouse gases than coal. Local and upstream carbon pollution from Woodfibre LNG is the same as adding 170,000 cars to the road every year. LEARN MORE...
Access to clean air and clean water is a right
Air pollution from Woodfibre LNG will decrease our local air quality which will impacts public health at an estimated cost of $20 million every year. LEARN MORE...
How will this project impact our communities?
Decreased property values, increased crime and substance abuse, unaffordable rental accommodation. LEARN MORE...
THE FUTURE WE WANT
Investing in renewables, transit, and energy retrofits creates 8x more jobs
We should be retraining our workers in more sustainable, long-term industries, rather than investing in yet another boom and bust fossil fuel industry.
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