FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 29th November 2018
Woodfibre LNG is a bad deal for BC
On Wednesday 21st November, Squamish Nation voted 8-6 in a contentious decision to approve an Impact Benefit Agreement with Woodfibre LNG, FortisBC, BC Hydro, and the Provincial Government, fulfilling a key condition imposed as part of the Nation's environmental assessment process.
Details of this agreement have been leaked via The Breaker News, and include lands, jobs, and $225.6 million in cash payments over 40 years, averaging almost $4.7 million a year.
"Woodfibre LNG is a bad deal for BC," stated Eoin Finn, Chair of My Sea to Sky, a people-powered environmental organization that has been working to stop Woodfibre LNG since 2014. "This is a giveaway of public money and resources, to a foreign-owned company owned by Sukanto Tanoto, an Indonesian billionaire whose companies have a history of tax evasion and human rights violations."
"This shows just how far the Provincial government is willing to go to prop up an LNG export industry that is simply not viable without massive subsidies and tax breaks. This is scandalous."
My Sea to Sky remains steadfastly opposed to Woodfibre LNG.
We have grave concerns about the impacts that Woodfibre LNG will have on wildlife in Howe Sound, the lack of safety regulations for LNG tankers in Canadian waters, the costs of air pollution to human health, the subsidies that are unfairly propping up a sunset industry, and the upstream and local climate impacts of this project.
"Scientists have warned us that we have twelve years to limit climate catastrophe," said Tracey Saxby, marine scientist and Executive Director of My Sea to Sky. "People are scared about the very real consequences that climate change is already having on our communities. We cannot build new fossil fuel infrastructure when we are facing a climate crisis that threatens the future of our planet."
"Woodfibre LNG is a bad deal for British Columbians, a bad deal for Howe Sound, and a bad deal for our climate."
Nearly 18,000 people around Howe Sound have signed a declaration in opposition to Woodfibre LNG.
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For interviews please contact:
Eoin Finn -- Chair, My Sea To Sky
Tracey Saxby -- Executive Director, My Sea To Sky
SEE THE BREAKER NEWS ARTICLE
SEE THE LIST OF TAX BREAKS AND SUBSIDIES ALREADY GRANTED TO WOODFIBRE LNG
SEE SQUAMISH NATION'S LIST OF 25 CONDITIONS HERE
SEE THE HOWE SOUND DECLARATION HERE
About My Sea to Sky
My Sea To Sky is a people-powered environmental organization that was founded in 2014 to defend, protect, and restore Howe Sound. We actively advocate against unsustainable industrial projects that threaten the environmental recovery of Howe Sound, and are working to develop a shared vision and plan to protect Howe Sound for future generations, and reduce human caused threats to Howe Sound. We do this by organizing educational events; coordinating research; building partnerships and respectful relationships; lifting up First Nations voices and culture; and facilitating public engagement with our municipal, provincial, and federal governments. We aim to inspire our community to become activists, and make it as simple as possible for people to take action at critical moments.
We inspire and empower British Columbians to safeguard the spectacular natural legacy of Howe Sound.
We envision a future in which Howe Sound’s (Átl’ka7tsem) thriving ecosystems support regenerative communities.
Our strategic priorities (2018 to 2023)
- Defend: Stop destructive projects that threaten the environmental integrity of Howe Sound.
- Protect: Develop a shared vision and plan to protect Howe Sound for future generations.
- Restore: Reduce human-caused threats to Howe Sound and support ecosystem restoration efforts.