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Global energy market poor for B.C. LNG industry: analyst

Natural Gas LNG ship

A liquid natural gas tanker in Australia.

Global Sustainability Research says ‘gas glut’ and alternative energies behind B.C. LNG delays

By Samantha Garvey, CBC News July 16, 2016

Another delayed liquefied natural gas plant in B.C. has some wondering if the whole industry is in trouble.

An analyst with Global Sustainability Research says the delays are partly due to a ‘global glut’ bringing down energy prices around the globe. Read the rest of this entry

Canadian LNG prospects keep getting worse as prices tank and red tape delays projects

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BC Premier Christy Clark speaking at an LNG conference.

It’s possible no export facilities are ever built in B.C., expert suggests

By Kyle Bakx, CBC News, May 3, 2016

By now, B.C. should be rolling in cash from its burgeoning LNG industry — tens of thousands of new jobs, billions in potential royalties and a roaring economy with all the new investment into the province.

Instead, it’s still waiting for ground to break on any new facility, or even a final investment decision for an LNG plant.

While several liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants are proposed, they have all struggled to get off the ground as they wait for regulatory approval, delay making spending decisions, or cancel plans altogether.  Read the rest of this entry

Lelu Island: Lax U’u’la Defenders Prevent Survey Work

Land defenders confront security guards, dressed in black, Oct 29, 2015. Photo: Facebook

Lax U’u’la defenders confront security guards, dressed in black, Oct 29, 2015. Photo: Facebook

by Stop Pacific NorthWest LNG/Petronas on Lelu Island

Update: November 2, 2015. Day 70.

On Thursday, October 29, Lax U’u’la Defenders prevented Stantec surveyors from conducting unauthorized work on Flora Bank. The surveyors were accompanied by two private security guards who were stopped and questioned by the Defenders. The guards refused to identify themselves or which company they worked for and were told that no work may be carried out on the territory without a permit. The guards then left the Bank along with the Stantec surveyors. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. aboriginal leaders decry government relationship in open letter

BC premier Christy Clark speaking at a liquified natural gas promotional event.

BC premier Christy Clark speaking at a liquified natural gas promotional event.

Chiefs of 10 northern B.C. First Nations say province ignoring concerns over Site C and LNG developments

By Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press/CBC News, Sept 8, 2015

People once paddled great distances to set up fishing camps on the land where Liz Logan’s family has lived for generations in northern British Columbia.

Now Tsinhia Lake has yellowed, the fish have died and her family must carry in bottled water to drink.

The damage from oil and gas industries has prompted Logan, chief of the Fort Nelson First Nation, to help form an alliance with other aboriginal leaders against the provincial government.

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Gitga’at First Nation launches legal challenge of Pacific Northwest LNG

A liquid natural gas tanker in Australia.

A liquid natural gas tanker in Australia.

It is seeking a judicial review of the B.C. government’s handling of consultation for the liquefied natural gas project on Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert in northwest B.C.

Shell’s B.C. LNG project gets environmental OK under expedited process

A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives at Sodegaura city in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. There were conditions placed on marine routes and speeds after an environmental assessment of the LNG Canada project. (STR/AFP/Getty )

A liquefied natural gas tanker arrives at Sodegaura city in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. There were conditions placed on marine routes and speeds after an environmental assessment of the LNG Canada project. (STR/AFP/Getty )

1st project to be approved under combined provincial and federal process

CBC News, June 18, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C., has received conditional environmental approvals from both the province and the federal government under an expedited environmental review process.

Under the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act passed in 2012, British Columbia performs the environmental review process and that assessment is used by the federal government when it gives its approval. Read the rest of this entry

‘Game changer’: Gas company offers $1-billion to First Nations band in B.C.

Fracking and earthquakes: Exploring the connection

A fracking drill in BC’s Horn River Basin (Two Island Films).

A fracking drill in BC’s Horn River Basin (Two Island Films).

B.C. commission draws link between fracking and 231 seismic events in province

By Terry Reith, Briar Stewart, CBC News, April 17, 2015

May Mickelow had just settled into her shift as night auditor at the Foxwood Inn in Fox Creek, Alta., when she felt the rumble.

“You didn’t hear anything, but you could feel the earth move underneath your feet quite strongly, actually,” said Mickelow. “I felt dizzy, as if I was suddenly on uneven footing.”

Some hotel guests descended to the main floor, asking Mickelow if she had felt the shaking. She had been through earthquakes before, but not here. Read the rest of this entry

Chevron puts brakes on Kitimat LNG project

 Chevron gas stationCalifornia-based producer is significantly slowing spending amid a crash in crude prices and global competition

Chevron Corp. is significantly slowing spending on the Kitimat liquefied natural gas project in Canada amid a crash in crude prices and global competition.

The San Ramon, California-based producer’s move follows Petroliam Nasional Bhd.’s December delay of a final investment decision on its C$36 billion ($28 billion) Canadian LNG project and BG Group Plc’s pause of development at its Pacific Coast proposal in the country in October.

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Only two B.C. LNG projects to proceed as industry faces ‘anxiety attack’: analyst