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2016-04-10 13:16:16 -0700
I sent the attached email to Catherine McKenna:
Dear Min. McKenna: I must concede that I am shocked by your decision to approve the Woodfibre
project, in contrast to your strong stance re: addressing climate change in Paris. It just does not add up.
First, the project partner, behind all the holding company smokescreens, is Sukanto Tanoto, the Indonesian businessman called, in one report, “one of the planet’s worst environmental plunderers”, with a long history of rainforest destruction and human rights offences.
Second, the ecosystem of Howe Sound has just recovered from the disastrous effects of the Woodfibre pulp and paper manufacturing enterprises that devastated the ocean environment with decades of toxic discharges. To introduce a massive hazard into this freshly rehabilitated site is, at very least, disrespectful to the efforts of all the people who have brought this positive change about.
Third, the economy of the area is rebuilding with non-fossil fuel, green tourism businesses that are exceeding, in terms of local employment and revenue, the benefits of the fossil-fuel-based industries they are replacing. To suddenly revert, once again, to a high-capital cost, remotely operated, low-employment business is a tragic misdirection of jurisdictional responsibility.
And finally, this project, by its very nature, goes against the forceful and apparently heart-felt pronouncements you made in Paris a few months ago. Calling for a 1.5 degree limit on global warming, and acknowledging that we must move away from dependence on fossil fuels, is all very well. But then, as a concrete action, approving a massive
project, when the high leakage rates from fracked gas are widely acknowledged, the extreme impact of methane as a
is widely known, and the movement to “leave it in the ground” is gaining momentum worldwide, makes it clear that the rhetoric was nothing more than empty words.
Has the government withdrawn its subsidies to the fossil fuel industry? No.
Has the government put out a concrete scheme for supporting renewable energy development? No.
Is the government now moving away from taking concrete steps to limit
As someone who contributed to the Liberal Party during the last election process, I am deeply, deeply disappointed.
I hope something will happen soon to restore my faith in your government’s approach to global climate change.
R.Warren Bell BA
Past Founding President,
(Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Founding President, WA:
(Wetland Alliance: The Ecological Response
Rural Preceptor, University of BC
Salmon Arm, BC
2016-04-07 10:26:47 -0700
April 5, 2016
(I’ve sent this letter to the appropriate offices)
To whom it may concern,
Like thousands and thousands of people living in BC who have voiced objection to permitting an
plant in Woodfibre I implore you to rescind permission.
The proposed water cooling system has been declared illegal in California because of the harm it does to sea life. How much more harm it would do in our Howe Sound within it’s narrow confines. The Vancouver Observer and the Globe and Mail have both reported danger to the herring spawn should this course be followed.
It’s not clear how ferry traffic, not to mention recreational boat traffic could deal with the huge
tankers and their entourages. Does tourism count for nothing.
facility just means more fracking. How could the economics makes sense? How the heck can you justify using large amounts of fresh water and contaminating it to produce energy from a non-renewable resource the value of which is declining?
I understand that jobs paying a decent living wage for Canadians is a priority. I grew up in Woodfibre and Dad used to say that the smell of the pulp and paper mill was the smell of bread and butter. However This world is on the cusp of change and I believe that those ‘living wage jobs’ must come from environmentally responsible sources. . . Thank you for your attention,
Sharon Russell, Sechelt BC
2016-03-31 09:12:07 -0700
I want to attend the presentation to cover for The Squamish Chief at 7 p.m. but I don’t need to get there earlier, i.e. for the dinner, so I didn’t want to
on the site.
2016-03-22 09:05:18 -0700
I need your postal code to send some signed petitions to you.
2016-03-15 14:27:39 -0700
To get wider exposure to people signing the Howe Sound Declaration, why not consider using “change.org”?
2016-03-02 10:39:17 -0800
It seems there is a problem with your site.
It won’t let me sign and yet it says Thank You for signing??
2016-03-01 15:58:37 -0800
Hi – I am unable to unfollow this petition (Sorry, we couldn’t find your account. To stop following this page, please sign in and click the X next to follow reactions.) I signed the petition but I do not not want further notifications or email of any kind. Thank you.
2016-02-29 11:18:17 -0800
Angie here at Radio-Canada’s radio afternoon show Boulevard du Pacifique. Is there a french-speaker out there willing to share their thoughts on Woodfibre
? We are looking at a possible interview tonight (monday feb 29th) around 4pm to talk about your thoughts and concerns. I’m at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact me
if interested. Merci.
2016-02-20 23:38:35 -0800
I sent out the request via my personal email for friends to sign your petition, however your link doesnt lead you to the petition, it says sign now, but nowhere to sign!!!!
2016-02-14 12:28:03 -0800
: May 1st is
office or court house at
. Every town and city across
– posted on Facebook and gaining a lot of support over last week from protest groups and individuals .
2016-01-04 14:09:49 -0800
Hello, I heard there was dirty work being done to pass bear trophy hunting in BC. Could you please direct me a petition regarding this issue.
Thank you for all of your hard work.
2015-12-06 19:29:57 -0800
For Eoin Finn
——- Forwarded Message
Subject: Safety and Security of Hazardous
Date: Sun, 6 Dec 2015 18:55:14 -0800
From: James Ronback
To: Delta Optimist , Chief Bryce Williams , Honourable Carla Qualtrough , Vicki Huntington
, Doug Stout , Mayor Lois Jackson , Honourable Mary Polak , Enviroinfo [
] , Catherine McKenna Minister of Environment and Climate Change , Honourable Marc Garneau – Minister of Transport , Honourable Justin Trudeau
CC: Mayor and Councillors of Delta
Editor: Delta Optimist et al,
Below you will find my response to Doug Stout’s letter “
cannot contaminate water or soil”, on 4 December.
System Safety Engineer (retired)
1530 Kirkwood Road
604 948 1589
6 December, 2015
To: Editor Delta-Optimist et al,
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister
Chief Bryce Williams, Tsawwassen First Nation,
Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, MP, Privy Council,
Marc Garneau – Minister of Transport
Catherine McKenna – Minister of environment and Climate Change
, Minister of Environment
Mayor Lois Jackson and Delta Council
Subject: Safety and Security of hazardous
transportation and processing near residential areas in Delta
Re: “LNG can’t contaminate water or soil” by Doug Stout, VP Market Development, FortisBC, 4 December.
Doug Stout in his letter to the Editor conveniently ignores the safety and security aspects of the transportation of liquefied natural gas (
) via super tankers and the storage and refrigeration facilities and the huge amount of energy from the Site C dam (13, 14) required to convert methane (natural gas) to a liquid after it is delivered via a pipeline.
Living close to this proposed
facility will be more hazardous than living next to a nuclear power station.
One only needs to google the following string of key words (without quotes) “safety security hazard transport LNG” to find ominous reports on the multiple hazards of processing and transporting
. The amount of energy stored in these facilities and tankers is enormous. It’s equivalent to several Hiroshima atomic bombs. The most serious hazard it a fuel vapour air explosion (1) that can be devastating. Although this may be a rare high consequence and possibly a terrorist event (21), Tsawwassen First Nation community could be wiped off the map and its mall and thousands of homes would be destroyed by the powerful blast wave and intense heat radiation (14).
Most tankers have only a single engine which is a single point of failure that can result in loss of propulsion and steering leaving the ship floundering as a dangerous hazard to navigation (9). The worldwide tanker fleet of 10,000+ is experiencing at least two full losses of power or steering per day, and probably more than ten. If this fleet were twin screw, properly implemented, this number would be cut by a factor of one thousand (10, 11).
Between 1944 and 2006 there were 52 major incidents (5, 6) in which 177 people died (6). I invite your readers to view the YouTube presentation by Eoin Finn on the “Impacts on Howe Sound from the
Industry.”(8). If the Algerian gas plant that was attacked by militants in 2013 had exploded in 2013, “it would have killed and destroyed anything within 5 kilometers or further.”. (12).
The provincial and federal governments do not have any guidelines or regulations for locating hazardous industries away from residential areas. Without this type of guidance (2, 4) the Fraser River Delta is becoming another clogged Amsterdam like industrial harbor impacting all the nearby residents and its fragile environment (20).
terminals can pose significant risks and impacts to coastal regions and communities. It is critical that provincial governments, local agencies and public stakeholders participate and inform themselves in every step of the
port licensing process (7). The Tsawwassen First Nation’s
project will be subject mainly to federal environmental review process which may be delegated to Port Metro Vancouver and harmonized with the BC Environmental Assessment Office. This is like the fox (
) guarding the hen house.
projects must be approved by many federal and provincial agencies, thus, there are many opportunities for public input. An informed public will foster equally informed decision making (18).
How will our dedicated politicians ensure that this will happen?
Our safety and security (3) are much too important to be left to corporations and politicians alone. We have a right to be properly informed and adequately consulted with respect to all the hazards and cumulative risks of this proposed project (15) before an informed decision can be made.
The Tsawwassen First Nation must protect their ancestral lands for their grandchildren instead of embarking on such hazardous projects near their homes. Some risks to public safety cannot be mitigated to an acceptable level. (16, 17)
Jim Ronback, B.A.Sc.
System Safety Engineer (retired)
1530 Kirkwood Road,
Tsawwassen, BC, V4L 1G1
604 948 1589
(Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) Demonstration – How it Happens Training Video
2) Guidance on Risk Analysis and Safety Implications of a Large Liquefied Natural Gas (
) Spill Over Water
, SAND2004-6258, December 2004
Safety and Security
Center for Energy Economics, November 2006
, March 2007
6) Cabrillo Port
Appendix C3 C3-1 Chronological List of
Accidents, C3-2 Marine Safety and Security Requirements, C3-3 Design and Safety Standards Applicable to Natural Gas Projects
7) States Can Affect Federal Deepwater Port
A Case Study Involving the Deepwater Port Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act,
Linda Krop, 10-Oct-2011
8) Eoin Finn speaks about Impacts on Howe Sound from the
9) “Worldwide we are experiencing over 5000 total loss of power casualties per year.”
2008 Tanker Loss of Power Casualties, Jack Devanney,
10) The current large (over 10,000 tonne deadweight) worldwide tanker fleet is experiencing at least two full losses of power or steering per day, and probably more than ten. If this fleet were twin screw, properly implemented, this number would be cut by a factor of one thousand.” [The Argument for Twin Screw Tankers, Jack Devanney, Center for Tankship Excellence,
, email@example.com , September 20-21, 2007
11) “Twin Screw and more power redundancy would additionally help to drastically improve low speed maneuverability and the pilot’s ability to correct a mistake” p. 118
Second International Workshop on Risk-Based Approaches in the Maritime Industry, 5-8 May 2008
12) At least 37 hostages killed in Algeria gas plant standoff, prime minister says.
By Amir Ahmed,
, January 23, 2013
13) Is the Site C dam’s electricity destined for
Volume: 32 Issue: 4, 2014
By Judith Lavoie Writer, DeSmog Canada
and Site C aligned for perfect storm
By Keith Baldrey, Global News, July 31, 2015
15) Tsawwassen First Nation
Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia, Lower Mainland
Accessed: 6 Dec 2015
16) Acceptable Risk
17) Risk Acceptance Criteria or “How Safe Is Safe Enough”
on the Fraser: what should be in the EA?
Dangers and Possible Disasters
20) Canaport pleads guilty to killing 7,500 birds that flew into burning flare at gas facility
November 5, 2015
21) Are natural gas ships “boat bombs” for terror?
2015-11-20 17:07:26 -0800
I ment 4 not 40 for rsvp
2015-11-11 15:35:51 -0800
Thank you for your updates on Federal Environmental Review deficits for
. In addition to the concerns you expressed, there is room for demanding complete financial transparency on the anticipated earnings of the principal beneficiary in Singapore, under the existing Canada-Singapore Tax treaty concurrent with Singapore’s ongoing 10 year tax holiday for new
in Canada will easily operate at a net tax free loss.
There exists a need to “open the books” so that those who live in and around Howe Sound can fully examine the size of the principal beneficiary’ s anticipated tax free offshore income , versus the value of the benefits offered in return at Howe Sound’s delicate risk.
The new Federal government remains the last line of defense after the apparent provincial government give-away of Northern BC (for fracking) the aquifers between Northern BC and Squamish (for pipelines), and Howe Sound environmental sovereignty itself….for the offshore enrichment of Mr. Sukanto Tanoto.
2015-10-13 05:28:57 -0700
Please use the ‘Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’ web site, a division of the United States Department of Transportation, to search for pipeline company’s ‘Violations’. For example, in the search engine for Spectra Energy Violations, I came up with 59 violations that Spectra Energy has been cited for.
2015-10-12 14:11:50 -0700
The .gov link you sent us to, is very user unfriendly from an iPhone 5s. Is it by design? As most young people use smartphones. We need to make our gov work the way it’s constituents choose to work not the other way around.
2015-10-07 10:34:20 -0700
Oct. 24th is not a Wednesday.
I might be interested in the workshop but where and when?
2015-09-06 16:17:42 -0700
so so sorry I am away
I am absolutely in support..no pipeleines, no tankers, no
, no fracking and yes to alternate, non /fossil energy…please put me high on your list as an involved supporter! susan
2015-08-19 10:27:49 -0700
Hi there I am a resident of Squamish and am becoming increasingly concerned with the industrial development happening in our community.
I seems like we are not heard and construction and test drilling in the estuary are going forward with little public awareness. I want to help to change that. I spend a lot of time in the waters of the squamish river and estuary and am seeing more oil on the water than ever before, as well as stumbling across unmarked construction sites in the area. I have a lot of questions about who is doing what, and if we are being told any truths. I am willing to help in any way I can to protect our home.
2015-07-19 12:31:00 -0700
David Suzuki Foundation for Camp Suzuki : Howe Sound, happening this August on Gambier Island. We are seeking placements for the campers aged 18 – 30 to engage with their local community and share their passion for conservation. If you would like to offer volunteers to join you part time from September to February this year, please contact me and I will connect you with the project lead for further questions. For information about Howe Sound Camp Suzuki, please visit the site below. All camp registrations are confirmed for a full attendance with an incredible learning program.
After camp, participants apply their newfound skills and knowledge through a six-month, part-time placement with a local community organization that works for the betterment of Howe Sound.
2015-07-14 02:14:54 -0700
Hello Melyssa, Here are the contacts and links we mentioned.
For climate justice,
Metropolitan Vancouver Alliance’s Deborah Littman:
Vancouver District Labour Council’s President Joey Hartman:
Just transition to protect jobs and the environment
“Fear at work: Job blackmail, labor, and the environment”
2015-06-24 10:51:11 -0700
I am very disappointed in the timing you chose for the Save Our Sound day and the flotilla up Howe Sound. For an awful lot of boaters, your timing is poor, ….. a large percentage (like myself) are away on vacation or up the coast for the summer. In future, if you want boats in your flotilla, plan your event for June or September, before or after cruising season, not right in it.
posted about this on
2015-05-19 12:44:33 -0700
2015-05-19 12:43:57 -0700
This paper provides another way of predicting collision-related spills in Salish Sea, English Bay and near Squamish and WoodFibre.
Risk of a collision-related oil spill on the Gulf of Finland could up to q uadruple in the future, May 04, 2015
2015-05-11 09:50:59 -0700
please email me regards May 19 meeting around changes to port rule. I am looking for Dr. Finn.
2015-03-21 12:57:03 -0700
I just wanted to say thank you for all the work you guys do putting this website together and getting the info out there for us concerned residents. It has been very helpful to help form my list of questions and concerns for the
followed this page
2015-03-19 16:51:50 -0700
2015-03-18 15:50:37 -0700
Don Nicolson, Concerned Bowen Islander
Particularly interesting …. chapters 10,11 and 12
Risk Based Safety – Modeling and … – Oil & Gas
by JL Woodward – Cited by 1 – Related articles
risk based safety : modeling and consequence analysis / John L Woodward, Robin Pitblado. p. cm. Includes index.
978-0-470-31764-8 (cloth). 1.