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Vancouver forum to challenge corporate-government LNG agenda

The Council of Canadians and the Wilderness Committee are organizing a public forum opposed to liquefied fracked gas. The forum, titled LNG Pipedreams: Fracked Futures and Community Resistance, will take place on Wednesday May 21 at 7 pm at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Harbour Centre in Vancouver.

This forum coincides with a large LNG summit – sponsored by Chevron, Shell, Spectra Energy and other corporations – on May 21-23. Speakers there will include Christy Clark, the premier of British Columbia, Greg Rickford, the federal minister of natural resources, David Collyer, the president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and the presidents of the various corporations pushing for LNG terminals in BC. As noted on their website, “This year’s theme – Powering a Strong Economy: British Columbia’s LNG in the Global Market – will focus on building the LNG industry in B.C. with strong partnerships between B.C. and world.”

In contrast, our forum asks, “Why put communities and climate at risk, and threaten B.C.’s drinking water, rivers and ocean, wild salmon, air quality, farmlands and wilderness areas for a dangerous LNG pipe dream?” And rather than corporate presidents, speakers at our forum include:

Liz Logan

Shannon McPhail

Damien Gillis

Chief Liz Logan

Shannon McPhail

Damien Gillis

Joyce Williams    Susan Spratt

                                                                    Joyce Williams                                            Tracey Saxby                                             Susan Spratt                                  

  • Chief Liz Logan – Tribal Chief for Treaty 8 Tribal Association (Fort Nelson)

  • Shannon McPhail – Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition

  • Damien Gillis – Journalist and documentary filmmaker, Fractured Land

  • Joyce Williams – Skwomesh Action

  • Tracey Saxby – My Sea to Sky (Squamish)

  • Susan Spratt – Former CAW Area Director for Unifor

In addition, Rising Tide will be organizing a protest on Friday May 23 at 12 noon on the southwest corner of Melville and Thurlow. The ‘Frack Off’ demo “is in solidarity with frontline Indigenous communities, especially the Unist’ot’en of the Wet’suwet’en Nation who are facing threat from Chevron and Apache’s fracked gas Pacific Trail Pipeline, attempting to cut and carve through their territories this June.”

For a campaign blog on the four LNG terminals – Kitimat LNG, Woodfibre LNG, Pacific Northwest LNG and LNG Canada – that pose the most immediate threat, please see The West Coast LNG terminals expected to proceed.