Former Gibsons firefighter warns about LNG tankers in Howe Sound

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.

George Rears its Ugly Head

The George Hotel, Condos, and Marina proposal has reared its ugly head.

On Tuesday, May 12th, at 7 p.m. at Gibsons Legion, the new council will be considering the geotechnical (aquifer) study for Klaus Fuerniss’s George hotel along with peer reviews of the study. They will also consider giving first reading to a zoning bylaw enabling the development.

You will recall that Fuerniss’s development application originally included a report by Horizon Engineering that said excavations for the project would not harm Gibsons’ aquifer, and that GABC was very troubled by this claim. We commissioned a peer review of the report in January 2014 that determined excavations would in fact penetrate Gibsons’ aquifer. After a year of study and further peer review, it turns out that all our concerns and predictions have been proven correct.

For fuller details of the many things that are just plain wrong with this plan, please read below “the fold”. The bottom line is that this project is far too risky, would be a huge loss of public assets, and would leave us with serious environmental and tax liabilities.

Please come out to the council meeting on Tuesday at the Legion, 7 p.m., and help protect our waterfront from over-development, preserve our seaside village character, and ensure the integrity of our aquifer.

Woodfibre LNG - FortisBC: The Pipeline from Nowhere:

By: Laurie Parkinson, Biologist, BSc, MSc, UBC and Eoin Finn, BSc, PhD Physics & Chemistry, MBA International Business, retired partner at KPMG

Three lines of evidence indicate the Woodfibre LNG project will be six times (6x) larger than the public and the BC Environmental Assessment Office have been told.

Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas appears to have far bigger export plans than they are admitting.

In section 2.4.1 of the WFLNG BC Environmental Assessment (BCEAO) application, WFLNG states: "The initial search for suitable project locations focused on sites suitable for a large-scale LNG facility and potential for future expansion." When queried as to whether or not WFLNG intends to expand this project, WFLNG's Vice President Corporate Affairs Byng Giraud’s response has always been that the plant will be sized according to the available gas supply.

FortisBC appears to be aware of expansion plans.