Promises, promises

For more than six years, the BC Government has been feeding LNG whoppers to BC citizens. None were bigger than this one by a pal of Christy Clark:

Reality is that LNG plants will only be constructed in BC if the province provides unprecedented subsidies and tax relief.

Inducements include natural gas that is essentially free of royalties and other levies, electricity at a fraction of the cost BC Hydro incurs for new power and, after passage of Bill 10, tax credits that will eliminate provincial income tax that might otherwise be paid by LNG operators.

We’ve already experienced the near elimination of natural gas royalties in BC. See the preceding IN-SIGHTS article for detail.

Additionally, the industry no longer pays material amounts to the province for natural gas and petroleum rights. These were once substantial.

The final two months of the 2019 fiscal year ended March 31 brought in ZERO dollars from rights offerings. The last nine months brought in the least amount of any nine months in the preceding 25 years.

An energy policy fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute wrote that an expanded LNG industry in BC is good news for gas producers facing low prices. Meaning, higher prices.

Oh, joy. We’ll pay rising carbon taxes to heat our homes with AND we’ll pay higher prices for the fuel.

But, the costs we incur to promote LNG are not only financial.

LNG Canada near Kitimat plans to export 14 million tonnes per annum. The facility would produce about one-quarter of the GHG emissions target for the entire province in 2030.

What does British Columbia get in return? The government’s answer is jobs, jobs, jobs. Perhaps they expect increased fossil fuel production will create additional employment to fight wildfires and restore property after extreme weather events.

More likely, the promise of employment in the LNG industry has been calculated in the same way Trudeau Liberals’ computed jobs affected if criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin is not halted.

The Horgan Government assures 10,000 construction jobs and up to 950 permanent jobs in the processing terminal.

Yet, the larger LNG plant on Australia’s Barrow Island promised 6,000 construction jobs and 350 permanent staff positions. They also pledged to capture carbon released in LNG production and even got millions from government for the effort. However, more than two years on, the storage still hasn’t started.

Technical problems, of course. They meant well.


Emissions From Fracking 5 Times Higher Than Reported, Clean Technica, February, 2018:

Natural gas is not a “bridge fuel to the future.” It is a death sentence for humanity. Think that is too strong? Think again. A new study by the Environmental Defense Fund finds that methane escaping from fracking operations in Pennsylvania “causes the same near term climate pollution as 11 coal fired power plants” and is “five times higher than what oil and gas companies report” to the state. A previous assessment by EDF last November found methane emissions escaping from oil and gas wells in New Mexico are “equivalent to the climate impact of approximately 12 coal fired power plants.”

Categories: LNG, Natural Gas

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  1. I would really like to see the break-down of the “jobs” that the loading facilities will provide in Kitimat. I remember reading an article years ago about a LNG ship loading facility in Turku, Finland. Total number of jobs provided was nine; yes that’s it, 9; one of the jobs was a ‘girl-friday’ who’s job was a gopher. Ya know what a gopher is don’t ya? It’s a person who goes-fer- this and goes-fer-that.

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  2. Jobs, jobs, jobs, has been the clarion call of politicians for the past 40 years. In reality it is subsidize, subsidize, subsidize, major corporations on questionable projects with very little jobs, jobs, jobs as a result.


    First off, our education system is still back in the dark ages and not producing the results we would like.

    for many kids, university is out of the question and they are funneled into warehouse courses for non existing jobs.

    We should have a grade 13 where students are either prepped for first year university or prepped for vocational apprenticeships and alike.

    There are far too many kids with useless Dogwood certificates in menial jobs that do little but turn young adults into non adults.

    So government has to provide unskilled jobs for the growing masses of unskilled children and huge subsidized to the natural gas industry is a way in providing the unskilled with a job.

    The list goes on.

    We train our kids today to be losers and many are in an industry they loath, to earn a meager wage to survive.

    The NDP; the Liberals; the Greens are absent in providing real solutions, because real solutions cost money.

    For the politcal parties, children’s futures are too expensive to plan for, in short, they don’t give a damn.


  3. The article from Clean Technica asks us to think again if we think the statement that natural gas is not a bridge to the future but a death sentence for humanity is too strong.

    I offer again an applicable passage from “The Ancestor’s Tale” by Richard Dawkins:

    It seems odd to us, who die within minutes if deprived of oxygen, but as I’ve already explained, oxygen would have been a deadly poison to our earliest ancestors. Everything we know about other planets makes it almost certain that Earth’s original atmosphere lacked free oxygen. It accumulated later, as a polluting waste product of green bacteria, who at first swam free and were later incorporated into plant cells. At some point our ancestors evolved the ability to cope with oxygen, and then came to depend upon it.

    Incidentally, having said that oxygen is produced by green plants and algae, it is an oversimplification to leave it at that. It is true that plants give off oxygen. But when a plant dies, its decay, in chemical reactions equivalent to burning all its carbonaceous materials, would use up an amount of oxygen equal to all the oxygen released by that plant during its lifetime. There would therefore be no net gain in atmospheric oxygen, but for one thing. Not all dead plants decay completely. Some parts of them are laid down as coal (or equivalents), other parts are consumed and bits of the consumers themselves may become locked into rocks. The net effect is to store energy-rich compounds underground and leave some oxygen free to circulate. Releasing some of that stored energy by burning fossil fuels turns this oxygen back into carbon dioxide, taking us back towards the ancient status quo. Fortunately we are unlikely to return the atmosphere all the way to our suffering Canterbury. But we should not forget that the oxygen we breathe exists only because of compounds tied up underground, which include coal and oil. We burn them at our peril.

    I would suggest letting them leak uncontrolled into the atmosphere adds greatly to that peril.


  4. ”’…jobs, jobs, jobs….” It has been my experience in over 60 years in the construction industry that very few pipeline jobs go to Canadians. By and large, the major Pipeliners are American owned and insist on providing their own personnel. (I was once involved with a low bid tender on a pipe line project and we were ‘persuaded’ to withdraw our tender in deference to
    ‘an established pipeline contactor’)


    • BC Govt’s plan is for BC to reduce the use of fossil fuels such as natural gas, but somehow it’s ok to export our natural gas as LNG to other countries, where it would be burned there.

      The recent CleanBC plan acknowledges the extra GHGs coming from LNG, but doesn’t appear to consider the downstream GHGs resulting from shipping and usage of exported BC LNG.

      Govt says supplying natural gas and LNG developments with (subsidized) clean electric power from BC Hydro makes it ‘cleaner’ – as if. The natural gas that would have been used in the production process would get processed and exported anyway. No real reduction in GHGs.


  5. Thoughtless NDP policy moves look to be as corrupt as the Liberals were by giving our resources away for free. But it turns out at least 80% of the natural gas will be fracked to supply LNG at Kitimat.
    Fracking our watertables until they are frucked is the plan.
    No discussion.
    What is going on with these delusional people? Democracy means listening to the common sense, and I mean a sense for the truth.
    I don’t see how the NDP is responding to a knowledge based economy which I thought we were involved in, and I haven’t heard a word about the corruption scandal in the Legislature!
    The stench of ignoring the truth will be their karma now..

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  6. What’s the difference between the BCNDP and the BC Liberal party. Just the party name. Otherwise it’s the same old. So i won’t feel bad who i vote for next time. It doesn’t matter. Federally or Provincially they are all the same lying pack of dirty rats.


  7. Thanks Norm and everyone for keeping the LNG Sham and Scam alive that the purposefully Missing in action main stream media doesn’t do. That bloody Hypocrite Horgan is actually doing what Clark and her people were doing but even worse if that’s possible. The giveways, incentives and subsidies are criminal. Worse than even Clark and her people proposed. They have even changed tax rules and made new tax legislation to accommodate these big outfits. Kind of like changing laws for SNC Lavalin. Petronis has a huge history of corruption and Human Rights issues as do other in the world. And environmental issues that aren’t anything to write home about. The A..holes in Johnny Boys TEAM have even now backtracked about where the workers will come from. They were all for have BC workers but now are looking more towards temp foreign workers. But will LNG be one of the many knives that kill the NDP like what happened to Clark. Is the road still being prepared to be paved with the theft of billions of our tax dollars. Yep, i think so. What’s the price of LNG TO SELL JOHN HORGAN. Are you going to tell us we are going to have that huge pot of gold fund that BSer Clark told us. Yeah right. Hypocrite liars the works.


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