Richard Moore commented on It's time to take ACTION! 2016-02-13 22:55:31 -0800As long time resident of Squamish and an individual who did not reject the Woodfibre Liquid FRACKED Gas (WLFG) plant without doing due diligence as to the viability of this project , I am hereby categorically and without any doubt of my researched opposition to this monstrous project do hereby present the reasons for my abhorrence of the consequences that this project will have on our community and the Sea To Sky air quality , fish and wildlife habitat , impact on existing businesses like tourism , real estate etc !
Perhaps the greatest impact will be loss of security ie, living within a state of IMPENDING DOOM for all the residents within the scope of a catastrophe , which would annihilate everything in the surrounding area, if , God forbid, the worst case scenario were to occur ! In the recent past there have been many acts of sabotage in the FRACKING gas fields of the North and there is no reason to believe that it will be any different if this project were to go ahead and I would contend that they would increase in numbers to which very little protection or relief can be instituted , making WLNG a prime target for disillusioned attacks by extremists who are suffering from blatant disregard for their well being and the environment they live in !
The proponents of WLFG. PETRONAS have an atrocious record of environmental destruction , fraud and corruption , which in my books are criminal offences , which does not encourage any form of faith that they will perform any better in Canada and from all indications the opposite is certainly more believable , this factor has not really been aired very well and if the powers that be ram this project down the peoples throat and the proponents act criminally , will the approvers be considered accomplices (aiding & abetting) which is also a criminal act ?
Since the inception of this project there has been massive unprecedented shifts in the Fossil Fuel supply industry , which is akin to LFG and has devastated the Alberta Tar Sands which has resulted in Massive lay offs and financial ruin for many Canadians ! At the same time LFG prices have collapsed to less than half the numbers used to estimate costs and returns of the WLFG project , with no end in site or predicted for the downward slide ! Coupled with this is the existing and being constructed, LFG plants around the World who are struggling to meet operational costs and legitimacy ! The futures for LFG is on shaky legs and recovery is highly unlikely due to the massive costs of production and the shifts to other forms of sustainable energy competition ! It isn’t hard to imagine what the environmental , social and financial costs would be prevalent if this plant was already operational and subject to the current laws of supply and demand ! You can bet the first financial adjustments at the plant would be safety and the environment!
JOBS and the proponents Rosy Picture are being flaunted with very few solid details of any kind and the word on the street is that WLFG construction prospects will be diverted to foreign contractors and the infrastructure prefabricated then floated back for installation ! It isn’t unreasonable to expect and highly likely that any permanent jobs could be filled by imported labor !
Commodity Exports are the Bain of the environment and the required mega projects devised by short term governments supplant their need to appear to be doing something positive
creating jobs and financing social programs – but it is more about getting elected again and the consequences of their grand schemes usually become payable long after they are gone when the World Laws of Supply and Demand come home to roost, dictating the length and success of exported resource markets-the inevitable Boom and Bust Syndrome,What gets lost in the shuffle is the excess wealth of the commodity which is scooped up by Multi-IRRATIONAL Corporations and their bureaucratic benefactors , whether it be LNG , Timber or W.H.Y. and it is usually the cream of the commodity that is exported and the losers are the Canadian people !
Its time for a change and I would humbly suggest that our precious commodities become accessible to Canadians non fracked LNG for industry, agriculture and transportation which would eliminate the environmental damage from fracking and stabilize the market for the suppliers !
Any mega project should be negotiated with First Nations People and the Proponent , with veto options given to the Nation that the commodity is within and if agreements can be made taken to the next level for considerations which could consist of a confederation of First Nations , Govt’s, NGO’s , Environmental groups etc, etc !
Howe Sound is world renowned for its wild natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and the vibrant communities we call home. We value intact ecosystems that sustain and support our communities, our livelihoods, and our diverse local economies.
The proposed Woodfibre LNG project is based on faulty economics, will harm marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and poses an unacceptable health and safety risk for the communities of Howe Sound. This project does not fit our values.
We call on the Provincial and Federal governments to reject the Woodfibre LNG project and its associated pipelines and tankers.