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July 19, Buckley Bay “British Columbia” (K’omoks Territory) some anarchists dropped a banner from an overpass in solidarity with the Unis’to’ten Camp, which is currently facing escalating repression from Chevron and the RCMP. The banner read: “No Pipelines! Attack the Frack” Hundreds of leaflets were also distributed at the Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival. These small gestures have brought people together in our area to help spread bonds of resistance at this important time. Fuck Chevron and the RCMP! No Pipelines, No LNG!
50 citizens crashed a TransCanada open house in Hazelton, B.C, to protest the company’s plans to build $9-billion natural gas pipelines for LNG terminals
LNG protest in Hazelton TransCanada open house – photo provided by Hannah Campbell
TransCanada officials faced a loud and uncomfortable flash mob from northern B.C. citizens at the company’s open house in the town of Hazelton Wednesday night.
A group of 50 citizens opposed to B.C.’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) push staged a dramatic protest at the public forum, first unveiling “LNG Kills” t-shirts and signs, then literally yelling at company officials.
“I want to see some numbers, I want to see some names!” bellowed Gitxsan Wing Chief Gilbert Johnson at TransCanada staff standing at attention.
Amateur video footage documents the moment. It shows Johnson repeating an allegation that TransCanada does not have the approvals of the proper hereditary chiefs in the area, many of whom are dead-set against LNG pipeline testing and construction on their traditional lands.
The province’s Oil and Gas Commission has granted legal permits to the company to do exploratory drilling. The permits are signed off by local Gitxsan, but Johnson says not all the names are “genuine” chiefs.
Surprise announcement buried in 2nd quarter financial report
A large US energy company has bailed out of a proposed LNG project in Kitimat.
Apache Corporation, based in Houston, Texas, says it’s leaving the project — which was a joint development with Chevron — even though more work has been done on this proposal than on any other natural gas export facility planned for the West Coast.
Site clearing is already underway on Haisla land at Bish Cove. It was to be supplied by the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline.
Apache has been under pressure from New York hedge fund Jana Partners LLC, an activist investor, to sell assets outside of the United States.
The terminal was to be supplied by the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline.
Apache says it is also pulling out of a major liquefied natural gas project in Australia.
The company’s surprise announcement came today, buried in its second-quarter financial report.
[The Canadian Press, and John Crawford]
Lelu Island project would include two liquefaction plants, option to add third
CALGARY—Malaysian state-owned Petronas and Calgary-based Progress Energy say their joint liquified natural gas (LNG) export facility is progressing to the next phase of engineering.
According to the two firms, a detailed feasibility study for the proposed export facility on Lelu Island south of Prince Rupert, B.C., is now complete and the project is moving into a design and engineering phase.
Progress president and CEO Michael Culbert announced the project will officially be named the Pacific Northwest LNG.
The project will include two liquefaction plants when initially constructed, with the option to add a third.
The LNG throughput is currently designed for about 3.8-million tonnes per year for each liquefaction plant, according to the two firms, but Petronas says that capacity would increase by about 60 per cent to six-million tonnes if its proposed takeover of Progress is approved.
If the project proceeds, the estimated investment in the LNG export facility is expected to be between $9- and $11-billion, according to Progress and Petronas.
The construction phase would generate up to 3,500 jobs and the long-term operations of the facility would result in 200 to 300 direct jobs.