Stop Fracking and LNG

A controversial and destructive way of extracting natural gas, known as hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, is threatening Canada’s fresh water and wilderness areas. Fracking is now a standard extraction process used by gas companies to exploit gas deposits trapped below the ground. Canada's remaining gas reserves are trapped in hard shale rock formations, and are difficult to access.

The process of fracking injects vast amounts of freshwater combined with hazardous chemicals like benzene along with sand into drill sites to break up hard shale formations and release the trapped gas. Fracking also causes large amounts of methane to escape into the atmosphere, which has a serious impact on our climate.

In BC, the biggest driver of climate change over the coming decades will be the province's massive new liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, which will require up to 40,000 new fracked gas wells for just five of the 10 or more proposed LNG terminals. The BC government has billed the LNG industry as a windfall for economic development, but government and industry leaders neglect to tell citizens about the enormous level of environmental destruction that will result from feeding our LNG ambitions with fracked gas. 

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To learn more about the impacts of fracking in British Columbia, check out this video:

Troubled Waters: BC's Gas Boom from The Wilderness Committee on Vimeo.

Wherever it has been introduced, fracking has left a series of very serious impacts both on the environment and human health. Water pollution, sour gas leaks, habitat fragmentation and declining health are just a few of the consequences communities living near fracking face every day.

In northeastern BC, the Horn River Basin and the industry-dubbed Montney Shale play are ‘ground zero’ for fracking expansion. This area is currently undergoing rampant development, with little regulation and even less public consultation. Vast amounts of freshwater are siphoned out of the Williston Reservoir, as well as rivers and lakes across the region. Thousands of gallons of toxic waste water will be dumped into underground aquifers, posing a serious threat to freshwater. The area’s remaining wilderness areas will be eaten away by clear cuts, road access, pipelines and transmission lines: impacting wildlife corridors, critical habitat and degrading ecosystem integrity.

The northwest coast of BC is facing gas industry threats of its own, with a myriad of proposed gas pipelines snaking their way to massive LNG terminals proposed for our west coast. For those who will live in the shadow of these terminals, there are major concerns over air quality – not to mention the rapid acidification of the Pacific Ocean due to climate change. Four major gas pipelines proposed across the interior are at various stages in the approval process, and folks in the region are struggling to keep up with the various regulatory processes.

Around the world, countries, states and provinces are stepping up to take action to halt fracking because of growing public concerns.

Unfortunately, British Columbia is trailing far behind other jurisdictions when it comes to taking the dangers of fracking seriously. New Jersey has a ban, Quebec has a ban, France has a ban. It is time for BC to stop fracking now, and back away from plans to export huge amounts of liquefied FRACKED gas.


 

ArcGIS Online Map of Proposed Gas & Tar Sands Pipelines, LNG Plants & Parks Potentially Impacted in Northern BC - updated Oct 2014

Proposed Gas Pipelines (five LNG-related and one not) are shown as red dotted lines, proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline as purple dotted line, and 13 proposed LNG plants and export terminals are shown as pink factory icons. Also shown are 11 BC parks that will be potentially impacted by the new Kinder Morgan pipeline according to BC government documents (dark green), and another 19 parks that may be potentially impacted by new Kinder Morgan pipeline in light green. You can click on individual pipelines, LNG plants/terminals, parks or other features on map to get their names and more information on those features. You can toggle the legend, zoom in or change the basemap imagery with the buttons across the top. You can pan around map by clicking on map and dragging with your mouse. Click 'View Larger Map' below map to open the map in a larger ArcGIS Online map viewer window.
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RED DOTTED LINES = Proposed Gas Pipeline routes (5 LNG related and 1 not LNG related)

PURPLE DOTTED LINE = Proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Tar Sands pipeline route

PINK FACTORY ICONS = Proposed 13 LNG Plants & Export Terminals

GREY LINES = Existing major gas pipelines in northern BC

DARK GREEN AREAS = 11 BC Parks & Protected Areas potentially impacted by new pipeline according to BC government document

LIGHT GREEN AREAS = 19 Other BC Parks & Protected Areas that may be potentially impacted by new pipeline

LIGHT GREY AREAS = Shale Gas Basins - Targeted by Fracking

To view or download a .pdf version of the map showing proposed pipelines and affected parks, click here.

 

ArcGIS Online Map of Temporary Fracking Water Withdrawal Approvals by BC Government

Each dot on map represents a Section 8 Temporary Water Withdrawal Approval issued by the BC government for fracking operations. Click on individual dots to get approval details for that location.

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Recent Developments

20 hours 19 min ago
An expert on the risks of LNG is coming to Victoria! Join Vancouver Island campaigner, Torrance Coste in welcoming Dr. Eoin Finn, a leading expert on the environmental and economic impacts of LNG in BC. The Wilderness Committee is co-hosting a forum at the Esquimalt United Church on Wednesday, February 17th. Attendees will hear from Dr. Finn, as well as a member of the Saanich Inlet Network for an update on the situation with Steelhead LNG’s proposed export terminal at Bamberton.
20 hours 5 min ago
Write now! Right now we have an important opportunity to help save the climate from a huge proposed LNG terminal on Canada’s west coast.
1 day 30 min ago
News Release VANCOUVER – An environmental assessment report released yesterday by the federal government shows that the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal must be rejected due to its climate impact, says the Wilderness Committee.

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Save the climate from Pacific NorthWest LNG

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Right now we have an important opportunity to help save the climate from a huge proposed LNG terminal on Canada’s west coast.

The environmental review is nearly finished for Pacific NorthWest LNG near Prince Rupert, and now the federal government is asking for your input.

On the north coast of BC, the Malaysian state-owned company Petronas wants to build a massive LNG terminal directly on top of critical habitat for 88 per cent of the salmon in the Skeena River. You couldn’t pick a worse place ecologically to build one of these things.

But no matter where it’s built, the project will lead to 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions, blowing BC’s emissions reduction targets and risking Canada’s goal of limiting the world’s warming to 1.5° Celsius.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s (CEAA) own report confirms that the emissions associated with Pacific NorthWest LNG are “high in magnitude, continuous, irreversible and global in extent.”

Please send a message to CEAA about Pacific NorthWest LNG and let federal decision-makers know that the damage these terminals will do to the climate is unacceptable.

The deadline for public comments is March 11, 2016.

The colossal increase in greenhouse gas emissions associated with this project would undermine the work that Canadians are doing to limit our climate impact. With your help, we’ll make sure the federal government knows that dirty LNG projects like this one simply cannot go ahead!

Submit your comments now!


Photo: Lelu Island, Lax Kw'alaams territory (Brian Huntington). 

Tell BC to quit stalling on climate change

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For too long, British Columbia has been ignoring its commitments to fight climate change. The BC government’s “Climate Leadership Team” recently found the province will miss its legislated 2020 targets.

In late 2015, the team recommended that the government continue to delay action by promising to cut emissions 40 per cent by 2030 and restarting increases to the carbon tax in 2018.

Now, the government is asking for public input regarding this bare-minimum climate plan.

BC doesn’t need to throw its goals to the wind. Instead of spending billions on unnecessary make-work projects like the Site C dam and Metro Vancouver’s Massey Bridge, it could invest in public transit and retrofits to make buildings more energy efficient. It could abandon its plans for an LNG industry that would cook the climate. That would be a real vision for climate leadership.

Barring an epiphany at the highest levels, the government should AT LEAST accept its own team’s climate recommendations. For every decade BC puts off emissions reductions, it costs 40 per cent more to get on track to ensure a safe climate.

We have until March 25, 2016 to tell the Premier we want a REAL climate plan.

Please write a letter telling BC to re-commit to meeting its 2020 targets, and to embrace the green economy. At the very least, urge the government to take its own Climate Leadership Team’s advice.

Click here to write your letter now!


Photo: T'Sou-ke First Nation solar power initiative (Wilderness Committee files)

Sign the Petition to Stop Fracking in BC!

Join us in demanding that BC’s Premier protect our vital fresh water resources and the global climate by putting the brakes on fracking in BC!

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Everyone knows that water is our most precious resource. Right now, the gas industry is being allowed to pump millions of gallons of fresh water out of our lakes, rivers and streams to be used in the fracking process – contaminating the water with toxic chemicals and injecting it underground to force the gas out.

In British Columbia, companies engaged in fracking are able to access excessive amounts of water with very little oversight. 

While BC is investing in overblown plans to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asia through the Pacific Coast, British Columbians need to be aware of the real implications. Exporting as much LNG as the industry plans would mean ramping up fracking – and that means more water use, more toxic contamination, and a lot more climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.

Other jurisdictions like France and Quebec – and most recently, Newfoundland – have taken these important concerns into consideration and implemented bans or other restrictions on fracking. Now it's time for BC to follow suit and enact an immediate moratorium on fracking in the province!

Sign the petition now!