Category: Natural Gas

Something is rotten in the state of…

In 2016, BC started paying gas producers to remove and sell BC gas. By ordinary accounting standards, natural gas cost the province more than $400 million in the fiscal year ended in 2016. With the Liberal plan to provide massive amounts of electricity to gas producers at a fraction of the price BC Hydro pays to acquire power, the gas industry is at the centre of a looming financial disaster like no other before it in BC history.

Gas & petroleum rights sale, Aug/16

The Crown Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights Public Tender brought in $950,121 this week, raising the 2016 eight month total to $5.8 million. 2015 and 2016 are the two worst years among the last 20. It’s another bad result for a Premier who ran the last election on a claim that large natural gas revenues would result in a debt-free, sales tax free BC.

Duped by fossil fuel barons

The following excerpts are from a piece in DeSmog Blog. It is written by Martyn Brown, an articulate commentator on public affairs and, years ago, Premier Gordon Campbell’s Chief of Staff. The linked piece is the fourth of four parts about B.C.’s climate action plan. The entire series is worth the time of anyone seeking a more complete understanding of the intended and unintended directions of BC’s current energy policies. It is excellent work.

News or not news?

Natural gas production levels have increased (53% since 2007) yet net revenue to government from gas in the past year was negative. Instead of being paid for the right to extract this public resource, British Columbians are paying for its removal.

LNG boom gone bust

Christy Clark and her crew spent more than a billion dollars through the Ministry of Natural Gas Development, gave away billions more in gas industry subsidies and promised low or no taxes, taxpayer-paid infrastructure and subsidized electricity; all in the hope of creating an LNG industry that had a competitive disadvantage from the start. Critics like the one you’re reading knew LNG wealth promises were hollow but this Government decided to continue wasting vast sums to avoid admitting failures from incompetence and poor judgement. They will claim bad luck and unforeseeable circumstances; knowledgeable people will know differently.

🎶Takin’ Care of Business🎶

We have July 13 results of the monthly Crown Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights Public Rights Tender. Revenues were $510,661 so proceeds for the calendar year-to-date are less than $5 million. In the year before Christy Clark became Premier, the same seven months brought in $735 million. In 64 months of her Premiership, Christy Clark’s government brought in $1 billion from gas and petroleum rights sales. In the last 64 months of his leadership, Gordon Campbell brought in $7 billion. If we rank revenues in the first seven months of 2014, 2015 and 2016 against the last 20 years, they rank 18th, 19th and 20th…

LNG fantasy falters

In an oversupplied market, many LNG projects will struggle to secure buyers. Even if heavily subsidized projects move forward, LNG supply would hit the market at a bad time. Research predicts that the market will remain oversupplied…

große Lüge (Big Lie)

Broad masses …more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie… they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. ….For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.

Province at risk

The hazards of transporting LNG through narrow waterways are generally ignored yet the danger is real, particularly in populated areas, such as the lower Fraser River and Howe Sound. One reason that foreign companies may be attracted to British Columbia is its lax regulatory environment.

Half-prepared for battles of wits

Another publication, Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI), provides detail of the marketplace for LNG. It is now an international exchange much different than the one that first excited the ex-policeman and small town lawyer who thought, with equally ill-equipped assistants, they could negotiate for British Columbia at boardroom tables of giant multinational energy corporations.

Know and ‘No’ to LNG

…To gamble away our world class treasure of a river and the cultural and economic values that are sustained by it for a relatively few short term jobs that will leave us with less than nothing when they end, to give away our birthright to a corporate entity some call the Malaysian Mafia, to imagine that there is anything natural about fracked methane, that thousands of kilometers of pipeline across wilderness will leave streams and rivers and wildlife habitat intact, that massive dredging and construction in the Skeena estuary will have “no significant effect” on salmon and other species, that the earth can somehow afford yet another huge dump of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, or that this will somehow benefit our children and grandchildren, is to live in a dream world.

BC’s intended major LNG partner

130 Canadian and international scientists urged the Trudeau government to reject a recent Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) report that concluded the Petronas-backed Pacific NorthWest LNG project could be built safely for the environment. Joseph Welch’s famous quote could be directed to Rich Coleman: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?

Late for the party – Updated

Though it makes entertaining if financially absurd theatre, unfortunately for BC taxpayers, political grandstanding is irrelevant. It offers zero leverage and has no bearing on whether this effort will be seen later as either a brilliant initiative or a barking mad Ponzi scheme. The argument that pushing massive projects like Site C still is “necessary” [says who? what are the facts?] and the belief that all those other LNG fantasies ever were invaluable to taxpayers now looks more like attempts to pretend that the risk of such investments failing simply doesn’t matter. Like a sinking Titanic the bridge believes it can all be managed. Just Remain Calm.