After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!

Premier Clark in Asia promoting investment for $175 billion LNG industry

The list of B.C. projects is staggering. 18 LNG export terminals, 9 natural gas pipelines.  But what will be the social and environmental costs?

Premier Christy Clark on Asia LNG tour
BC government photos of Premier Clark's tour of Asia promoting LNG investment in B.C.
B.C. Premier Christy Clark is in Asia this week shaking hands to speed LNG investment worth a mind-boggling $175 billion according to a new provincial figure.  That's enough for 15 Northern Gateway oil pipelines, by comparison.  

The list of projects is staggering.  18 LNG export terminals are planned, 9 natural gas pipelines, and 100,000 jobs promised for "150 years" of prosperity.
The latest assessment commissioned by the Province looked at a scenario of five LNG plants constructed in B.C. between 2015 – 2024. This would create a total investment of $175 billion, said the Ministry of Natural Gas Development on Thursday. 
BC LNG by the numbers
Yet many are questioning if this massive industrial transformation for B.C.'s north and coastal areas are well understood.  What will be the environmental impacts to B.C.'s air and watersheds?  What will be the huge increase in greenhouse gases if billions of cubic metres of fossil fuels are pumped out of the earth per day and burned in Asia?  Lastly, how are First Nations rights and title being addressed in this LNG push?
The Vancouver Observer will continue to follow this important story.
Premier Christy Clark on Asia LNG tour
BC LNG by the numbers
Premier Christy Clark on Asia LNG tour
Premier Christy Clark on Asia LNG tourPremier Christy Clark on Asia LNG tour
Premier Christy Clark on Asia LNG tour
Premier Christy Clark on Asia LNG tour
Premier Christy Clark on Asia LNG tour
Read More:

More in News

Views from a refugee camp: Who gets into heaven?

I have just returned to Vancouver Island from Greek refugee camps where I met a Yazidi man named Jason who told me about his escape from ISIS in Iraq.   His story begins on a desert road where a...

Vancouver's bicycle sharing grows as 15 new stations installed

Mobi bicycle by Shaw Go in Vancouver. Photo by Christopher Porter from Flickr Creative Commons

International Women's Day Concert celebrates female musicians who turned tragedy into triumph

Every March 8, on International Women's Day, we hear about the achievements of brilliant, talented women around the world. But how often do we learn about the physical and mental disabilities or...
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.