By: Margot Grant
“About 35 years ago, there was a fire underneath a propane tank in Upper Gibsons, near Kenmac. A firefighter did something incredibly brave. While the other firemen covered him with water from their hoses, he crawled on his belly to the tank and turned the valve off. Had he not done that, it would have exploded and a big part of Upper Gibsons would have been severely damaged. This tank was only 12 to 14 ft. high and about 4 ft. across. Now imagine a 1000 ft. LNG tanker goes by the Sunshine Coast, with the explosive power of 70 Hiroshima bombs.”
Local resident Wayne Taylor was a firefighter in Gibsons from 1984 until 1996. He is not a protester, he says, but from his knowledge of gas fires, he is “very, very concerned” about the idea of LNG tankers in Howe Sound.