Courtenay: LNG, Fracking, and the Comox Valley Connection

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:15

When: Wednesday, 27 February 2019 from 19:00-21:00
Where: Florence Filberg Centre Conference Hall, 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay

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Come out and learn more about Fracking for LNG and its impact on northern BC and the First Nations who live there. As well as the natural gas we burn, there’s a local connection with the Kwispaa LNG project proposed for Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The proposed gas transport pipeline to the facility would travel from the Chetwynd area to Williams Lake, southwest to Powell River, across the Strait of Georgia to the Island and land around Courtenay/Comox. It would then cross the Island to the Kwispaa LNG site at Sarita Bay.

This forum is open to all interested community members, first come first serve (i.e. no ticketing), and is brought to you by the Watershed Sentinel magazine in partnership with the Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter and the Glasswaters Foundation.

Featuring four speakers and a question period

  • Bernadette and Keith Wyton from the Barkley Sound Alliance on Kwispaa, the massive LNG project proposal in Barkley Sound which plans to run its pipeline through Comox
  • Richard Wright, Wilps Luutkudziiwus Spokesperson from Madii Lii Center in Gitxsan territory in Northern BC
  • Michael Sawyer, environmental consultant who successfully appealed a decision of the NEB with respect to the Prince Rupert LNG pipeline and is now appealing the Coastal GasLink
  • Damien Gillis, journalist and filmmaker, on the impact of fracking on land and water.

More info:
Steelhead LNG and the Huu-ay-aht First Nation have entered a co-management agreement with massive foreign investment, to develop, construct, and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the Alberni Inlet on Vancouver Island.

Proposed is a 730 hectare natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Nuumaqimyiis Bay (also known as Sarita Bay), about 45 kilometres south-southwest of Port Alberni. The facility would export an estimated 24 million tons of liquid natural gas per year at full build-out, requiring six to seven LNG carrier ships weekly.

The natural gas supply for the project would be sourced almost exclusively from fracked wells. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to access methane needed for LNG plants has become a major issue for First Nations in the province’s northeast.

Discussion of the pipeline in the project description is a scant two paragraphs. Kwispaa states the pipeline would undergo a separate environmental review, despite being integral to the export facility. Steelhead Natural Gas Pipelines Ltd, a separately owned subsidiary of Steelhead LNG, would build the pipeline.