There is an important article by Andrew Nikiforuk at The Tyee. He recaps work from various sources, in ways that are so indisputable that even the BC Liberal “Social Media Interns” and trolls have taken cover, at least in the first 75 comments. Perhaps the hired guns are waiting for directions from party headquarters.
Here are key points made by Nikiforuk but follow the link and read the entire article. It is not information that mainstream media is willing to present.
The B.C. budget claims the province is making money from shale gas. But last month The Tyee showed the province is pouring more cash into the industry than it is getting back…
Whopper #1: Vastly less gas to sell than claimed
Let’s begin with the government claim that British Columbia “has more than an estimated 2,900 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of marketable shale gas reserves,” or more methane in the ground than the entire United States…
Hughes notes that the BC Oil and Gas Commission now estimates raw methane reserves in the province to be 51 tcf. Once processed, that gas might amount to 44.4 tcf…
Whopper #2: Vastly fewer LNG jobs than claimed
The next wacky accounting LNG figure concerns the government claim that its non-existent industry will gainfully employ 100,000 British Columbians some great day in some near future, or more specifically 2018…
“In terms of employment, the capital intensive nature of the industry means that its direct contribution to job creation is extremely limited, at less than 0.5 per cent of formal sector jobs,” explained the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies report…
To date, a million-dollar government website designed to connect citizens looking for work in the LNG industry has not connected anybody to anything. But it has employed one previous politician, Gordon Wilson, a former leader of the BC Liberal party.
Wilson now earns $150,000 a year to advocate for a capital-intensive industry that hasn’t created any jobs — except for Clark supporters.
In Australia, LNG has left another poor employment horror show that the government in B.C. has failed to study or acknowledge. Unfettered LNG exports in Australia not only increased both natural gas and electricity costs for consumers, but also reduced the manufacturing sector’s ability to compete and create jobs.
Whopper #3: No, LNG prosperity is not close at hand
Along with the jobs fiction, the government has also manufactured a prosperity fiction. In February the Conference Board of Canada published a glowing report on the province’s proposed 21 LNG projects called “A Changing Tide: British Columbia’s Emerging Liquefied Natural Gas Industry.”
…But these figures are all pie in the sky and again bear no resemblance to reality…
More reality can be found in a 2015 report by Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, a rigorous non-profit educational group based in London that analyzed the prospects for North America’s LNG industry.
It was blunt: “Despite Canada’s abundance of gas resources and the plethora of proposed LNG export schemes, the current business environment, characterized by low oil prices and industry consolidation, does not indicate that any Canadian LNG scheme will be commissioned before the middle of the next decade.”
Whopper #4: Yes, Site C dam is for powering frackers
…Although provincial authorities swear the project has nothing to do with LNG, Ben Parfitt, an investigative journalist, has revealed otherwise in a DeSmog Canada article.
Last January, the province announced a new $300-million transmission line to power shale gas development in the south Peace Region. Two other transmission lines are also being proposed. The lines will allow shale gas drillers to use electricity to power their operations instead of methane.
As a consequence they’ll have more gas to export and access to cheap energy subsidized by taxpayers.
What the press release did not explain, notes Parfitt, is that “virtually all of this new transmission infrastructure is being built at public expense to provide power to one entity and one entity alone — the natural gas industry.”
…In B.C. the government uses propaganda not only to integrate its citizens into its wacky LNG fantasy, but to subsidize foreign companies and pay for unneeded dams and transmission lines at the same time.
It is designed to make taxpayers smile while they are being robbed.