Agreements between Postmedia – the country’s largest newspaper chain – and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), plus an equally disgraceful deal between the company’s Vancouver Province and the LNG industry have permanently stained the organization’s journalistic credibility… Once a newspaper is committed to a controversial view, it’s like a clock that strikes 13 – it can never be trusted again.
BC’s natural gas revenues
The Auditor General’s Office has served British Columbia well but the outgoing government deprived it of resources that would have increased audit effectiveness. Politicians are inclined to inhibit the actions of authorities that might offer criticisms. Christy Clark did that but we can hope Premier Horgan will do the opposite.
Postmedia, platform for a wealthy clique
Fraser Institute, the taxpayer supported voice of Canada’s billionaires and multimillionaires, uses the Vancouver Sun to raise a question, “Will a Horgan-led government keep the NDP’s election promise to balance the budget, and if so, how?” We provide answers.
A clear choice
There is one comparison that should be remembered by BC voters. It is this: In fiscal year 2001, British Columbia took in $1,249,000,000 in natural gas royalties. According to the Bank of […]
The Boren effect
If the liabilities owing producers were recorded routinely, provincial natural gas revenue would be less than zero in two of the last four years. In current dollars, BC’s gas income, including rights sales, declined by more than $2.5 billion, comparing 2016 to 2001. Of course, the volume of production was much higher in 2016.
Breaking news broken
Government forecasts that four year natural gas royalties total, 2017 through 2020, may be $926 million but that doesn’t deduct any growth in production tax credits that industry is accruing but government is not recording. In the past four years, the liability to producers increased by $1,158 million. If the liability for unrecorded credits – amounts that can be deducted from future royalties – continues to grow at the rate of the past four years, BC will receive no net gas royalties, provided that a more honest government begins to record the liability. There is already $2+ billion owed to producers.
Opportunity not years away, it is now
Three months before the 2013 provincial election, Christy Clark’s government issued a Speech from the Throne that made a few grandiloquent asseverations. Today, the 2017 Speech from the Throne was presented to […]
BC Government hiding $2 bn liability
My graphic illustrations of the decline in BC’s natural gas revenues – despite 2013 election promises of up to $100 billion in revenues related to LNG – should be read in conjunction with […]
BC Stats, the province’s statistical agency, reports that in 2016, the oil and gas extraction industry provided 16 out of every 10,000 jobs in British Columbia. That is 0.16%. Fewer people were […]
Public wealth, private benefit
People who are not profiting – or expecting to profit – from corruption in British Columbia’s political arena, should understand. We all pay. We pay dearly and inescapably. Tens of billions of dollars the Clark gang is gifting to private power producers and billions more paid and payable to foreign owned gas producers might provide for an effective court system, better public education, healthcare, small business support and other citizen priorities.
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.
Saying no to the Forces of Know
At The Gazetteer, RossK and friends are commenting about reports that Petronas does or does not aim to bail from the land of Sparkle Ponies. In my opinion, discussion of what’s been said or not said […]
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.
BC natural gas $400m loser in 2016
According to Statistics Canada, natural gas producers employ 1/4 of 1% of BC workers. Yet, they receives extraordinary financial assistance from government. That may result because the BC Liberal party receives extraordinary financial assistance from natural gas producers.
Blog Talk Radio with Canadian Glen
This audio file is my extended conversation with Canadian Glen on July 27. You can hear his earlier session with Merv Adey on BC politics HERE. Friday morning I’ll be talking with John Moxon […]
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.
Christy Clark inspired by Pat Paulsen?
“Will I obliterate the national debt? [long pause] Sure, why not?” Remember Christy Clark’s promises of a debt-free BC enabled through wealth created by natural gas production? Reality is much different, revealed in Finance Ministry documents that provide this information.
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…