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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Liquefied natural gas (LNG) has come to Metro Vancouver’s backyard, along the beautiful shores of Howe Sound. And right now, we have an opportunity to stand up and say NO. Woodfibre LNG is proposing the construction of a new gas liquefaction plant on the site of an old pulp mill near Squamish, BC. Major concerns have been raised over the project and its impacts on local air quality, water quality and the recovering ecosystem of Howe Sound.

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Say NO to Woodfibre LNG

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) has come to Metro Vancouver’s backyard, along the beautiful shores of Howe Sound. And right now, we have an opportunity to stand up and say NO.

Woodfibre LNG is proposing the construction of a new gas liquefaction plant on the site of an old pulp mill near Squamish, BC. Major concerns have been raised over the project and its impacts on local air quality, water quality and the recovering ecosystem of Howe Sound.

Even more worrying are the potential consequences for our climate – LNG facilities like Woodfibre will be supplied with gas extracted using the harmful practice of fracking, which pollutes water and releases huge amounts of climate-changing gases. Creating a brand new LNG industry in BC involves swapping our freshwater and stable climate for a dirty fuel source. (Click here to check out our latest educational report on LNG in BC).

Whether it’s the heavy cost of global climate change or the potential harm to Howe Sound’s booming tourism industry, Woodfibre LNG represents a major step backwards for Squamish and the province as a whole.

Here are two ways you can help stop this short-sighted proposal:

1) Right now, Woodfibre LNG is seeking an environmental assessment (EA) certificate from the BC government to build its facility. The government is currently accepting public comments on the proposal until March 23, 2015.

Please write the EA office today! Tell them that the BC government needs to stand behind its own claims that it is a climate leader by walking away from its LNG aspirations and rejecting Woodfibre LNG. See below for some key points to consider when writing your submission.

Click here to submit your comment about Woodfibre LNG now >>

2) In order to supply Woodfibre with gas, FortisBC is proposing to build a pipeline that would pass through Squamish and the Squamish estuary. The project would involve installing about 47 km of natural gas pipeline, starting from north of Coquitlam and running to the Woodfibre industrial site outside of Squamish. It would also involve upgrading two existing compressor stations and building a new compressor station in Squamish. A public comment period is currently open for the pipeline proposal, and will stay open until March 27.

The Woodfibre LNG plant cannot be built without this vital piece of infrastructure, so we need you to send another message to the BC government to remind them that LNG is not in BC’s best interests.

Click here to submit your comments about the FortisBC LNG pipeline now >>

More and more British Columbians are realizing what we are sacrificing by building BC’s economy around the export of fossil fuels. With your help, we’ll continue to push for a truly clean future in BC.

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Key points to consider when writing your submission:

  • BC has committed to reducing its climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions by a third by 2020, from its 2007 rates. It is impossible for the province to build a giant new LNG industry and still hold itself accountable to these incredibly important targets.
  • Howe Sound is an ecological jewel within the Salish Sea, and has experienced a tremendous recovery from the ecological damage caused by its industrial past. A new industrial plant here would jeopardize the vibrant and recovering ecosystem.
  • Howe Sound's watersheds deliver between $800 million and $4.7 billion each year in natural services. The Singapore-owned Woodfibre LNG will deliver minuscule levels of tax income for British Columbians.
  • The BC government continues to ignore the potential for more sustainable jobs in an improved forestry sector by continuing its focus on the fracking and LNG industry.
  • In order for concerned citizens to review all of the relevant information and appendices submitted by the project proponents for both Woodfibre LNG and the Fortis BC pipeline, they would have to review over 10,000 pages of technical material.
  • Because of the amount of material and the way the submission has been packaged, it’s almost impossible to address all pertinent issues in the time period allocated. The comment period should be further extended to allow for proper review.
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!

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