Howe Sound under siege

   Howe Sound is Canada’s southernmost fjord. It is a natural beauty which should be declared a world-class heritage site.  Common Sense Canadian co-founder, Rafe Mair on why Woodfibre LNG has no place in Howe Sound.  Continue reading

Accidents happen. Is Woodfibre LNG worth the risk?

The environmental tragedies of the last two weeks have made one thing clear: accidents happen. Continue reading

Celebrating Unity on Earth Day

Something amazing is happening around Howe Sound. People meeting new people. Smiles. Information sharing. Momentum building. It's inspiring. In the face of adversity, people come together. Continue reading

Squamish LNG plant cooling system threatens herring

Squamish LNG plant cooling system threatens herring, if approved, while the 1991 Federal Guidelines on cooling water intakes is out-dated. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) guidelines recommend industrial marine water intake pipes be located at least 2 km from documented herring spawn areas. Local video near Squamish, B.C. documents herring spawn occurred within 2 km of the proposed Woodfibre LNG site in February and March, 2015. Continue reading

The oil spill in English Bay was a tragedy that could have been avoided

My goodness what a disaster! On Wednesday 8th April, ~2,800 litres of toxic bunker fuel was spilled in English Bay, and the black tar-like sludge has been washing up on Vancouver's beaches for the last week. The media was blazing with information as the event unfolded. There was lots of confusion. Who is responding? Where are they? How are they responding? Continue reading

Opposition to Woodfibre LNG heats up in Squamish

 Opposition to the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant is escalating in Squamish and Howe Sound, where a protest — not the first — involving hundreds of opponents marched through downtown Squamish Sunday venting their rage at the plan. Although the plant’s supporters value the project’s potential tax base and promised jobs, critics believe the future of Squamish — recently cited as one of just two Canadian destinations in the New York Times’s list of 52 best places in the world to visit in 2015 — is largely in tourism and outdoor recreation, and that Woodfibre LNG’s alleged negative environmental impacts don’t square with that. Continue reading

What is next? Woodfibre LNG in Howe Sound

Now the window of opportunity to provide comment to the BC Environmental Assessment office (BC EAO) about the Woodfibre LNG project is closed. What happens next and what can people do? Continue reading

Activists rally along Sea to Sky corridor against Woodfibre LNG project

Opposition has been growing along the Sea to Sky corridor to a proposed liquefied natural gas plant and a connected pipeline. Suddenly a project that looked like it might have smooth sailing is facing a rough time. The Woodfibre LNG proposal would see a terminal built on an old mill site on Howe Sound. It would be fed by a FortisBC pipeline, expanded and slightly extended on an existing route. Because the project would largely be built on land already disturbed by industrial development, it was generally expected that it would find quick approval and perhaps become the first LNG project built, of the several the B.C. government has boasted are on the horizon.   Continue reading

Where did all the LNG jobs go?

We were told LNG would bring us local jobs. It’s all about the jobs right? But where have all those promised LNG jobs for locals gone? Looking at the Labour Market section of Woodfibre LNG’s environmental assessment application, they’ve all but disappeared. Continue reading