Meeting aims to examine downside of LNG proposal

A town hall meeting aimed at “alternate points of view” regarding the Malahat LNG project is being held

A town hall meeting aimed at “alternate points of view” regarding the Malahat LNG project is being held Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre.

The meeting, titled: Fracking Up Our Coast: The Malahat LNG Project Reconsidered will feature three guest speakers:

Guy Dauncey is an author and the founder of the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association. He’s also co-founder of the national organization Prevent Cancer Now, and co-founder of the Victoria Car Share Co-operative.

Joining him will be University of Victoria instructor and Divest Victoria organizer Laurel Collins as well as Adam Olsen, the B.C. Green Party’s interim leader and founder of the Saanich Inlet Network.

“Speakers will discuss the overall need to divest from fossil fuel projects, specific concerns regarding this project and alternatives for the future,” according to organizers.

The Malahat First Nation and Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG have entered into a partnership to develop a liquefied natural gas facility — to be known as Malahat LNG — at the former Bamberton site south of Mill Bay.  The proposed facility would have an expected capacity of up to six-million tonnes per year, and would include floating liquefaction facilities moored to the shoreline and minor supporting land-based infrastructure.