Foreign LNG push opposed by a northern B.C. community

The Kispiox Valley Declaration is signed by 160 residents who opposed the LNG push backed by multinational corporations from all corners of Asia Pacific

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“As part of our environmental assessment work, we have conducted extensive baseline and technical studies that we believe meet and exceed provincial and federal requirements.  These studies will help us design the project so it minimizes disruptions to fish and wildlife,” wrote David Byford, a company spokesperson from Reading, England.

Todd Stockner salmon fishing with son

Todd Stockner salmon fishing with son in Skeena River - photo provided by Stockner

Likewise, TransCanada said:

"We acknowledge that there are residents who oppose all economic development in the Kispiox Valley."

"We don't believe BC communities have to choose between environmental stewardship and economic benefits. We believe we can achieve both," wrote spokesperson, Davis Sheremata from Calgary. 

He added, the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project will provide thousands of short-term jobs for B.C. residents, opportunities for local and Aboriginal businesses, millions of dollars in annual taxes to help support local services such as schools, policing, fire protection, and waste management.

Spectra Energy also said:

"We understand and respect the importance of fish, wildlife, air and water to all British Columbians."

 

"Our Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate summarizes the work Spectra Energy has undertaken over three years to study the environmental, economic, social, heritage and health interactions that are of critical concern to the Westcoast Connector project team, just as they are to the Aboriginal and local communities along the proposed project route," wrote Sarah McCullough in Vancouver.

LNG push seemed to begin two years ago

Stockner said the massive industrial push seemed to come without warning.  The first hints of it came two years ago from the sky.

“For everyone it was the helicopter traffic that triggered it,” he said.

Following, out-of-region crews started appearing to do site preparation work and test drilling.  Some companies held informational meetings.

TransCanada held its open house in Hazelton two weeks ago about its pipeline proposal.  But the event was heavily protested by local residents and members of the Gitxsan Nation.

Stockner was among them.

“We felt really compelled, that we as a community were just going to stand idly by and just let that all happen.” 

“We see no real place for this [LNG] development in the northwest here.  It doesn’t make sense.  There’s very few jobs in the long run.”

Also of enviro-concern, is the massive increase in greenhouse gases from the energy-intensive liquefaction facilities; and the large volumes of fresh water that would be needed for fracking the gas in the province's northeast.

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