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
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.
- Full project description (pdf).
- Environment Canada’s page for the project: government document