Andrew Nikiforuk on LNG

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.

Four More Whoppers about LNG in British Columbia, The real facts behind Christy Clark’s rosy claims:

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.

H/T R.S.

11 replies »

  1. I'd like to hear more on the Australian experience — especially any $$ in revenue that are flowing to the state or federal coffers. Has it been worth it, in the end, with domestic power and gas costs rising because of LNG?


  2. Exporting LNG will not wipe out our debt, given that site c will be used for fracking more gas, while the price will go even lower for that gas, as there will be more players in the game.
    Stupidity reigns in this provinces governance. Today, in northern communities, LNG rally's were held to support jobs and industrial growth in the north. The residents, blind to the political reality of what's being rammed down their throats, simply have no knowledge of the political con game that's occurring. The media or propaganda machine, flogs mistruths and veiled lies at a whim. The real truth is the coming election has to be won if any of the so called “con” myths will occur.
    This province needs a real wake up call. The lack of legislative oversight, BCUC, or other regulatory reviews for these industrial projects is a farce. We need a managed, regulated, properly planned and legislatively controlled, economy, with checks and balances properly applied to prevent the kind of abuse in governance we are now experiencing.


  3. For many years, largely working on his own, Nikiforuk has created important work. He proves that “journalists” at large media groups do not avoid these issues because because they lack resources to dig out facts. Reliable information is readily available to people seeking it so we can only assume this material is ignored by traditional press and broadcasters for a purpose.


  4. Now, I haven't thought this one through very much yet but let's see if somebody here can quickly blow the idea out of the water.

    Site C will be taken to the point of no return before the next election.
    Site C power is of no value.
    LNG is dead.
    Fracking is dead.
    But Site C will still be built and now we have a new shell in the game. So much water behind that dam we can create 500,000 jobs building a pipeline to California and the revenue from the water will pay the debt, eliminate BC income and sales tax and put a plum tree in every yard.

    Sounds doable to me, Kermit and Kiewit.


  5. A new study suggests one of the world's largest supplies of shale natural gas is sitting beneath an area spanning the British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories boundaries.

    But with dismal commodity prices and no immediate way to export the gas to global markets, the prospect of a development bonanza in the Liard Basin is far from certain.

    The National Energy Board said the Liard is Canada's second-largest known gas resource, after the Montney, which straddles northeastern British Columbia and northwestern Alberta. Globally, it ranks ninth, according to the federal energy regulator.

    The Liard Basin is estimated to contain 219 trillion cubic feet of marketable natural gas. To put that amount in perspective, that's enough to meet all of Canada's demand for 68 years at its 2014 consumption rate.

    The Liard gas is “unconventional,” meaning it's technically challenging to extract. Companies would need to drill long, horizontal wells and fracture the rock using high-pressure water, sand and chemicals.

    By Lauren Krugel, THE CANADIAN PRESS, March 16, 2016

    more from the NEB


  6. Too bad the sources of this information are not trustworthy. What is the recoverable quantity at current costs of extraction? What is the impact on greenhouse gas emissions? Are we serious about a no-carbon economy?

    This press release is aimed at furthering the Liberal fantasy. It is the kind of output to be expected when the Finance Ministry gives the Natural Gas Development Ministry almost half a billion dollars a year for operating funds.


  7. And what's your point Anon 11.05? Should we open a Natural Gas Museum touting us as the ninth largest deposit on the globe? Who would come, as long as there are eight larger?


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