The bad outweighs the good on LNG proposal

A floating LNG factory like the one proposed for Bamberton on Saanich Inlet currently does not exist anywhere in the world

Re: “People need to know the truth about LNG”, (Citizen, June 17).

A floating LNG factory like the one proposed for Bamberton on Saanich Inlet currently does not exist anywhere in the world, so present safety records cannot be applied. This is an untried endeavour.

Saying the U.S. would be glad to build this factory begs the question, so why don’t they?

The gas to supply the Bamberton LNG factory is being fracked in northern B.C. and piped to Sumas, Wash. then transported in a pipeline through the Gulf Islands to Bamberton. Why not ship it directly from the U.S.?

An LNG factory and tanker system such as the one proposed for the Bamberton site would not be allowed in a narrow inlet crisscrossed by ship traffic and surrounded by populated communities.

These same restrictions do not exist in Canada.

The hypothetical jobs promised makes one wonder. Will the few people needed to actually run this proposed facility outweigh the number of current jobs that will be lost due to the destruction of the environment with air and water pollution and the potential threat posed by such a plant?

Will residents who live and work in the area and tourists who currently contribute to the local economy by riding the ferries, visiting Butchart Gardens, Bamberton Provincial Park and local wineries and businesses still flock here? I think not.

 

Maureen Alexander

Mill Bay