Tsawwassen First Nation rejects proposed LNG terminal near Delta, BC


The Tsawwassen First Nation has rejected plans to build a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facility on their territory near Delta, British Columbia.

CBC reports, "In a vote on Wednesday night, 53 per cent said 'no' to allowing the 32-hectare project on the nation's traditional land. 'What would you rather have, more money or a better environment?' asked Tsawwassen First Nation member Nic Gurniak. 'No need to do more damage to the environment than has already been done.'"

While the leadership of the Tsawwassen First Nation had initially been supportive of the project, the Canadian Press adds, "As a result of the vote, the Tsawwassen First Nation says it will 'not be moving forward with any additional discussion regarding this proposed LNG concept.''"

That news report highlights, "The Tsawwassen vote is a likely setback for Premier Christy Clark's billion-dollar plans to grow the province's liquefied natural gas industry. In November, Clark said she hoped the First Nation's membership would approve the proposal, adding there continues to be demand for LNG around the world, especially in Asia."

Delta/Richmond chapter activist Cathy Wilander comments, "Yes! The TFN has rejected LNG! Our Delta/Richmond chapter of the Council of Canadians held a screening of 'Fractured Land' at TFN on Sunday afternoon with filmmaker Damien Gillis and LNG critic Eoin Finn plus a few members of our steering committee joining in on the discussion with TFN members afterwards. The film was really well received!"

The LNG facility would have consisted of storage tanks, liquefaction units, and a power substation. It would have been fed by a pipeline from the FortisBC facility in Tilbury on the Fraser Delta. A marine terminal near Roberts Bank would have seen five to six export tankers each month to export the LNG. It had been proposed that the facility would be operational by 2022. It had been estimated that over a 30-year period the Tsawwassen LNG project would have required more than 2,000 new wells in northeast BC and 30 billion litres of freshwater. It would have produced 11 billion litres of wastewater and 47 million tonnes of climate emissions.

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