The recent approval of the massive Pacific Northwest LNG project has intensified debate about BC’s economic and environmental future.
The BC government has made extravagant claims about the benefits to British Columbians regarding LNG development – but were they just election promises?
Realistically, how many jobs will be created?
The lower global prices, an increased supply of natural gas on the market, and a tax and royalty regime that has been roundly criticized for favouring industry, will there be any significant economic benefits for British Columbians?
What will the consequences be for our environment and for Canada’s climate change commitments?
How does the Site C dam fit into the picture?
What are the effects of fracking on our fresh water supplies?
These are some of the questions that will be answered at the Comox Valley Council of Canadians town hall, Liquefied Fracked Gas: Risky Economic and Ecological Business, Thursday, October 27, 7 pm in the Rotary Room of the Florence Filberg Centre.
Resource policy analyst and investigative journalist, Ben Parfitt, will highlight some of the economic analysis that has been done by the Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives(CCPA). He will also discuss the largely unseen but ecologically ruinous connection between fracked gas and the Site C dam.
Emma Lui, national water campaigner for the Council of Canadians, will outline the impacts of fracking on water and how our continued extraction of LFG affects water and climate change. She will also outline the Council of Canadians’ Every Lake, Every River campaign to strengthen protection for our freshwater resources.
Liquefied fracked gas(LFG) – branded by the industry as “natural” gas – is much different that its conventional counterpart. Most of the gas in BC now comes from “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing, a form of extraction that injects large volumes of chemical-laced water into shale, releasing pockets of oil and gas. New research indicates that methane emissions from LFG production are much higher than previously estimated, effectively wiping out any climate benefits. The fracking process also creates billions of litres of toxic wastewater with the potential to contaminate freshwater aquifers.
There will be an opportunity for questions after the presentations. Everyone is welcome.