LNG, Fracking, and the Comox Valley Connection

More Than Just a Pipeline

Forum to explore LNG (Liquid Natural Gas), Fracking,

and the Comox Valley connection

February 27, 7 PM, Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay

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Last Tuesday (February 5) the Comox Valley Regional District heard a presentation by Steelhead LNG.  Company representatives outlined a pipeline proposal that would see 1000 km of pipe constructed to carry gas from northern BC to Powell River, under the Salish Sea, and through either the Comox Valley or a more southerly point to an LNG export facility on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.  The presentation made it clear that the project could have considerable impact on the Comox Valley and our sister communities along the Salish Sea and the Alberni Inlet.

On February 27, the public is invited to a forum discussion on why this is project involves more than just a pipeline. Five presenters will speak about  “LNG, Fracking, and the Comox Valley Connection.”

Smithers resident Michael Sawyer has spent decades as an environmental consultant in the oil and gas sector in Alberta, and will speak about the upstream effects of LNG projects (including LNG Canada and the Coastal GasLink pipeline slated to supply it), as well as the life-cycle costs to the public of such projects.

Richard Wright, Wilps Luutkudziiwus is the Spokesperson from Madii Lii Centre in Gitxsan territory in northern BC.  He will discuss the Indigenous rights context surrounding extractive projects, including issues with current federal and provincial approval processes, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Well-known journalist and filmmaker Damien Gillis will speak to the impact of fracking  (hydraulic fracturing) on land and water.

Bernadette and Keith Wyton of the Barkley Sound Alliance will focus on the project’s impact at its end-point at the Kwispaa LNG export facility. They will speak about the protections in place and opposition to the proposal.

The forum is open to all and will take place from 7-9 pm in the Conference Room of the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue in Courtenay. It is co-hosted by the Watershed Sentinel magazine, the Council of Canadians – Comox Valley Chapter, and the Glasswaters Foundation.

For more information contact Alice de Wolff, alicedewolff@gmail.com  or Delores Broten, 250-339-6117, delores@watershedsentinel.ca

Further reading:

Comox Valley Council of Canadians AGM

A Call to Council
A Critical Time to Come Together to Talk About Our Collective Impact

Comox Valley Council of Canadians – Call To Council

AGM & Community Activist Award

Thursday, November 22 – 7:00 pm Evergreen Lounge,

Filberg Centre 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay

The Chapter is extending an invitation to CV Council of Canadian supporters to come together as concerned activists and join in an open discussion to strengthen, energize and focus our vision to move forward at this crucial time in history.

Our climate and earth are under siege. The recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report says the next 12 years are crucial to holding the lifeline. 

Comox Valley has new municipal councillors and regional directors. How do we collaborate so our communities thrive and achieve sustainability?

Fresh water, oceans and wildlife need protection yet there are few mechanisms in place that make this possible. Provincially, nationally and globally the inequalities of wealth, and access to housing, nutrition and health care continues to grow. 

It is time to stop spending taxes opposing the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Populations are fleeing fires, floods, drought, hunger and thirst – symptoms creating climate refugees as never before. The rise of far right nationalism, immigration fears and closing of borders are growing concerns as world democracies become destabilized. 

How do we approach, handle and promote solutions to such overwhelming situations?

The goal of the AGM is to open the dialogue on how these issues relate to and can be addressed from the Comox Valley. We’ll discuss how the resources of the Council of Canadians can bring us together and focus our energies as we move forward into 2019.

Also, the highly anticipated 11th Annual Community Action Award will be presented this evening to an individual or group that has demonstrated progressive community action over the year and whose goals are consistent with those of the Council of Canadians.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Our Water Future: Local Water Governance in the Comox Valley

Amazing recreation, the great outdoors and locally grown food are just a few of the reasons why the Comox Valley is an awesome place to live and play.

Water is an essential component to all these things. Rivers and streams give life to the place we call home. Groundwater fuels our farm and food economy. The mighty Comox Lake and the surrounding watershed sustain the growing communities across the Valley. People here understand how water connects to all aspects of the lifestyle we value and enjoy.

The Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 7-9 pm at the Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay, could be the start of a conversation about watersheds and what citizens can do to help establish a model of community governance for our water. If the people who reside in a watershed are more involved in the decision making, we might enjoy better outcomes.

There are many reasons as to why the Comox Valley would be the logical and ideal place to establish such a community governance model. A multi-million dollar water treatment plant is being developed. Summer drought conditions and boil water advisories have become “the new normal”. The licensing by the province to withdraw, bottle and sell water from a local aquifer that supports families, farms and wildlife, despite opposition from the K’omoks First Nation, the CV Regional District and members of the community, indicates a clear disconnect between the province and communities.

Rosie Simms, a Water Law and Policy Research Coordinator with the Polis Project  will discuss how the 2016 Water Sustainability Act (WSA) grants local governments the authority to create Watershed Sustainability Plans, and provides opportunities to implement sustainable governance that would ideally encompass the entire Regional District.

Bruce Gibbons, founder of the Merville Water Guardians, will discuss his ongoing communications with provincial representatives about strengthening the WSA.

A member from the Cowichan Water Board will speak to how their board functions in an advisory capacity to the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

The event is being sponsored by Comox Valley Water Watch, Our Water BC, Watershed Sentinel, Comox Valley Conservation Partnership, Merville Water Guardians and the Comox Valley Council of Canadians.

We hope to hear your voice at this community water forum, October 10th, 7 pm, upstairs at Florence Filberg Centre – 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay.