Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christy Clark's Taxpayer Funded LNG Advertising Blitz, Fictional Ads Versus Economic Truths

By Grant G

What i'm about to tell you is nothing new(for regular readers)...

This post is another slight against our domestic British Columbia media...

The Vancouver Sun....they reported nothing..

The Province.............they reported nothing..

Global BC................they reported nothing...

CTV.........................they reported nothing..

CKNW.....................they reported nothing..

LNG Canada.....It was reported a few days that LNG Canada(Shell) cancelled all bids, service proposals, procurement contracts..all cancelled.

In other words...Shell Canada has officially scrubbed their  $40 billion dollar LNG terminal proposal..

To be clear....Shell(LNG Canada) had an environmental certificate, their project site wasn't at issue like Petronas' ridiculous proposal to build on Lelu Island and the Skeena River estuary..

Shell Canada had a 25 year export license, then the BC Government gifted them not just a 25 year export license but a 40 year export license...

Shell had every permit required, they had a pipeline deal secured....LNG Canada had First Nation benefit agreements signed....

Shell had everything but will...will they build...Shell had no longterm buyers of the gas in a glutted market and had no shareholder support to proceed with a pricey B.C. greenfield project...

Shell Canada is officially out......


Lead contractor CFSW LNG Constructors has, in a surprise move, cancelled the bidding process covering fabrication of production modules for the liquefied natural gas project, operated by a Shell-led consortium, reported Upstream, the industry’s global news publication.
Sources involved in the tender exercise told Upstream they were only recently informed by CFSW of the cancellation, having submitted bids back in March 2016 and having held numerous clarification meetings over the past six months.
Low commodity prices have been causing cash flow problems for oil and gas companies, which is understood to have spurred the decision by project partners to shelve the contracts for engineering, procurement and construction of modules for the two-train LNG plant, Upstream reported.
“The bids for module fabrication have now been cancelled with no award to be made,” a source from one of the contenders told Upstream.



Breaking....There is more LNG news rearing its ugly head..

Kitimat LNG has revealed to Kitimat City council that the project is being deferred, the company is saying ...if they build they won't have a shovel in the ground before 2021...a 2025/26 start-up time..

In other words.....This project proposal(Kitimat LNG), like Shell Canada, like Petronas  ...There is no economic reason to justify the expenditure...There is no urgent need in the world for LNG supply...

The project is being effectively cancelled because of poor economics..


Kitimat LNG say they could be almost a decade away from production

 A final investment decision for Kitimat LNG won't be coming anytime soon
Kitimat council heard from the company at Monday's meeting who say they still need to meet their five condititons before n FID date is announced.
Commercial Manager Fred Eastwood says they aren't going anywhere and feel Kitimat is still the right place to be.
"When the market does recover, the current supply overhang is basically eaten into." says Eastwood.
"We believe BC LNG has an opportunity to fufill that demand gap. The mid 2020's is the time frame we are looking at."

A funny thing happened with our British Columbia mainstream media.....They, at present have their coffers and Christmas stocking stuffed full with B.C. taxpayer paid for $$$$$$$ ...The BC Liberal Government is puking out dollars with feel-good-partisan ads that are essentially bold-faced lies...LIES

At the same time our airwaves, TV channels are being polluted with BC Lberal LNG ads...talking about jobs, about $20 billion dollars spent already on LNG...and on how BC LNG will clean the air in China...

Oh please...where are the truth police....The BC Liberals are the biggest producers of FAKE NEWS there is..

Our domestic media while taking gobs of taxpayer money, at the behest of the BC Liberal Government refuse to report any news on LNG..especially all this news on an industry dead and buried for at least a decade.....

BC is not creating LNG jobs....BC has not seen $20 billion in LNG investment..

BC is not cleaning China's air with LNG, nor will they..


China Nov coal imports hit highest in 18 mths

BEIJING, Dec 8 China, the world's largest coal buyer, imported its largest volume of the commodity in 18 months in November, customs data showed on Thursday, with utilities replenishing stocks to cope with higher winter demand.

November imports of 26.97 million tonnes were up a quarter from October and more than double the 12.45 million tonnes imported in the same month last year, according to figures from the General Administration of Customs of China.

We here at the Straight Goods...we know about China and coal..we know how China will use their redundant NEW COAL-FIRED Power plants to dictate the world LNG market..
China is building hundreds of new coal-burning power plants..cleaner than LNG burning power plants..Cleaner Coal...And leverage..

China's Insurance Policy Against High-Priced LNG, COAL= Death of British Columbia's LNG Super-Power Fantasy!

There is no honesty left ....When the Vancouver Sun...Global BC...CTV..CBC take all that advertising money yet refuse to report even a blurb about Christy Clark's whopper endless 2013 LNG riches fantasy falling apart, splitting at the seams..delayed by a decade, cancelled, money, no nothing..


B.C. government doubles advertising budget on eve of election

Not a shovel in the ground and now promised future shovels are gone too..

Yet the LNG Taxpayer ads blaze on while our domestic mainstream media is swimming in a taxpayer-cash-filled river named...... Denial..

2 hours of robust talk on LNG---Site C--Kinder Morgan--BC's Lame Media--and some political insight..
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Papua New Guinea--Exxon--LNG--Corruption=The People Get Screwed

Landowners hold newspaper showing finance offer withdrawn
Landowners at Papua New Guinea's biggest resources project are threatening to create "chaos" if the PNG Government does not honour a deal to give them equity.
PNG Government-owned company Kumul Petroleum Holdings has withdrawn an offer to finance landowners' purchase of 4.27 per cent of the PNG LNG project, after some complained it was unfair.
The Government now says landowners need to find more than a billion US dollars to buy the equity before their option expires at the end of 2016.
PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said the state was offering a discounted price because the landowners were not able to raise the money.
"We are trying to help," he said.
"If they don't want our help we are quite happy to walk away, simple as that."
Mr O'Neill said the negotiations were becoming frustrating.
"I'm getting fed up talking about the same issue over and over again," he said.
"I think Papua New Guinea has got a lot more challenges, other issues that I can spend my time on."

Deal accused of being stacked against landowners

Landowners have been questioning the deal, saying it looked like the Government was trying to make them pay for a controversial loan it took to buy shares in Oil Search, one of the project partners.
Arthur Somare is the former State Enterprise Minister who helped negotiate the initial agreement with the landowners.
"Quite frankly the proposal in my view is just preposterous," he said.
"It is stacked up the wrong way against landowners, they were asked to take on a huge debt, a debt burden that currently sits with a state company."
Villagers from the highlands and the gulf regions of PNG are entitled to the opportunity to purchase equity in the PNG LNG project, as part of their original "umbrella benefits sharing agreement" to host it on their land.
Mr Somare — now a consultant for the provincial Governments and landowners — said the equity option was meant to be offered on what is called "benefit sharing terms", meaning the price and arrangements would be negotiated in a way that recognises landowners' rights to get a return from the project.

'Tremendous resentment and frustration'

Landowners are particularly worried about the Government's approach.
The chairman of one of the landowner groups, Stanley Hogga Piawi, said people will react badly if they do not get their share of the project.
"Governments can come and go, but the agreement must be maintained," he said.
"[The Government should] honour the previous government's agreement.
"My people must get the maximum benefit that has been sealed and signed.
"If you cannot honour that then I'm sorry, it's going to be chaos."
The landowners are already frustrated because the PNG Government has not yet paid their royalties and development grants.
In August some landowners blocked roads to the project's conditioning plant at Hides in protest at the lack of payments.
The Government has previously said the money has been held up by court proceedings and delays in landowner identification.
Australian National University PhD candidate Michael Main — who has just spent seven months in the project area studying the impacts of development — said people are getting sick of waiting for them.
"There's tremendous resentment and frustration directed almost exclusively towards politicians," he said

Mr Main said cash was not landowners' major concern — people wanted to know why the project has not brought much-needed services.
"Really what people were talking about was 'well, hang on, where's our first class hospital, where are our big high schools, where are our roads'?" he said.
"It's the tangible evidence on the ground of the development that's expected from the LNG project.
"That's going to be the defining issue, I think."
The operator of the PNG LNG project, ExxonMobil PNG, declined to comment.


There is no end to this, ...Big Energy..Exxon..Chevron...Petronas...Time and time again big energy makes promises to landowners and stakeholders and people in lands where they wish to extract fuel..

Third world countries remain third world countries, even countries like Australia, a modern first world country realizes LNG promises of riches are worth nothing.....At the end of this article is a surprise...What is the surprise....I caught the BC Liberals again giving away what's left of the farm to LNG companies....

Rich Coleman had Bill Bennett's statements about giving steep discounts for Site C Dam Power to the northern frackers edited out of the original article.....Find out why(below)


Western Australia calls for 'more scrutiny' on where LNG wealth is going

The Liberal government of Western Australia has questioned whether the nascent boom in liquefied natural gas is delivering "sufficient return" to the public.
As pressure builds at federal level for a parliamentary inquiry into the tax contribution of the multi-billion-dollar gas projects operating in Commonwealth waters, WA has added to growing concern over where the gas wealth being produced ends up.

WA Treasurer Mike Nahan is annoyed that billions of dollars spent by his state on infrastructure supporting LNG projects will not flow back to the state through the federally-imposed petroleum resource rent tax.
"WA would support further scrutiny into whether taxpayers are receiving a sufficient return on government support for offshore LNG projects," said Mr Nahan, who also holds the energy portfolio in the Barnett Government.
Fairfax Media revealed this week that by 2021, when Australia will eclipse Qatar as the world's biggest LNG exporter, less than $1 billion in PRRT revenue will flow into federal coffers.
Qatar, which imposes a flat royalty or takes a financial stake in its LNG projects, will receive $26.6 billion for the same volume of gas.
Just five per cent of oil and gas projects operating in Australia, paid any PRRT in 2014-15, according to the most up-to-date Australian Tax Office figures.
The 30 year-old North West Shelf venture operated by Woodside is the only LNG project that pays PRRT while Chevron's giant Gorgon plant and others are not expected to pay anything for "decades", according to some experts.
Treasurer Scott Morrison said he is taking advice on what he called a "sensitive tax matter" and Labor is currently discussing whether to put its weight behind a parliamentary inquiry already backed by the Greens.
A coalition of organisations, including the ACTU and Greenpeace, is calling for the inquiry to explore whether the PRRT needs to be tightened to ensure Australia reaps the benefits of the boom.
Concern is acute in LNG states like WA, which cannot levy a separate royalty on offshore gas.
The $3 billion WA expects to receive in iron ore royalties this year is twice the total the Commonwealth will take in PRRT from oil and gas projects nationwide.
"The state government incurs a wide range of costs as a result of these projects relating to town site development, schools, hospitals, community facilities and roads that are either directly associated with the project or arise from the economic and population growth accompanying the project but does not receive any PRRT revenue when they are in Commonwealth waters," he said.
WA estimates it spent $8 billion in infrastructure associated with the North West Shelf and receives an annual grant equivalent to two-thirds of the PRRT paid by the project, which is then reduced further by the GST distribution system.
The state expects a $482 million grant associated with the North West Shelf in 2016-17 but Mr Nahan said it would be more than wiped out by a $1.2 billion "grant loss" from GST.


This readers is what big LNG is all about....Deliberate plant build cost blowout...Writing off over-inflated build costs, deducting every expense possible, ....Sucker governments spend $billions building infrastructure at the behest of energy giants, ...write bad economic agreements filled with monetary loopholes....

That is what we will have with Petronas....

BC Liberals are offering up Site C dam power to Petronas at a rate so low BC Hydro will never see a return..

BC Taxpayers/BC Hydro ratepayers are going on the hook for probably $15 billion dollars ....Why?

The BC Liberals are giving away absolutely everything including the finances of BC Hydro to Petronas... Why...

Because Petronas has the BC Liberals right where they want them, begging for an FID before election 2017....Christy Clark promised BC voters that LNG would bring 100,000 jobs...$100 billion dollar prosperity fund....eliminate BC's sales for new schools and hospitals..

Now the BC Liberals are giving away another $15 billion dollar freebie to please Petronas...

The Vancouver Sun isn't talking about...Global TV isn't reporting it...silence from CTV..CBC..CKNW..

The BC Liberals are preparing to make BC Hydro build a $15 billion dollar Site C dam boondoggle for the expressed use of providing free electricity to Petronas..

The below article....Was published on December 1/ the original article...Bill Bennett said this, and I quote..

"BC Hydro will offer steep discounts for electricity to gas drillers"

However, after I reported on the Site C Dam power giveaway to gas drillers, ..after I reported what was being planned at BC Hydro ratepayers expense....All of a sudden the damning information was edited out, at the request of Rich Coleman...

now the article says the very end..

"CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated the government was considering reduced BC Hydro rates for natural gas producers. This is not the case. In fact, they are considering incentives for producers to get onto the electricity grid. Those producers would continue to pay the same Hydro rate. We regret the error." - 

See more at:

You see folks....Whenever I catch the BC Liberals plotting and planning to giveaway more of your tax dollars they try and hide from the facts, in this case denying the electricity giveaway...Bill Bennett was quoted in the original article as saying...

"Site C Electric Power, BC Hydro will offer steep discounts to northern gas drillers" 

need more proof...Here it is

Look at this....Look at this Tweet from Jonny Wakefield..

So this is a fairly big deal, if you pay attention to Canadian energy policy.


Rich Coleman, After getting caught, after calling the editor to have Bill Bennett's own words omitted from the article....It doesn't matter folks, we know what dirty crony capitalist tricks the BC Liberals are pulling....

The article now says that gas drillers will pay the same industrial rates as mines and receive(unspecified incentives)......

Well folks...I have it on good authority that the incentives being offered is cash back...that's right, not credits...CASH....80% of the charged rate returned as cash...

By the way.....I reported Bill Bennett making the statements about steep discounts BC Hydro was offering the gas drillers on my last podcast...

Like I said.....Government, politicians, energy experts, industry and BC Poli watchers and spooks are all reading The Straight Goods....and now it's apparent the BC Liberals are listening to my podcasts too...Anywho, BC won't be selling LNG to Japan...Japan is now a LNG seller, not buyer..

And this...I discussed at length with Canadian Glen about the myth that LNG is isn't, this article confirms that LNG is a damn dirty fuel..

After you read that Vancouver Sun article you will know why the BC Liberals are running another taxpayer funded ad campaign bragging about planting trees....The old carbon trading/credits by planting trees scam resurfaces...

Hope you enjot the podcast

2 hours of everything LNG..Here's the link..

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Cheers Eyes Wide Open

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Grant G -Open Letter to Justin Trudeau- Betrayal and Insults

Beautiful British Columbia's Federal Liberal MPs.....

John Aldag-Cloverdale Langley

Terry Beech-Burnaby North Seymour

Suhk Dhaliwal-Surrey Newton

Hedy Fry-Vancouver Center

Stephen Fuhr-Kelowna Country

Pamela Goldsmith Jones-West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country

Ken Hardie-Fleetwood-Port Kells

Ron Mckinnon-Coquitlam Port Coquitlam

Joyce Murray-Vancouver Quadra

Joe Peschisolido-Steveston Richmond East

Carla Qualtrough-Delta

Don Ruimy-Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge

Harjit Sajjan-Vancouver South

Randeep Sarai-Surrey Center

Jati Sidhu-Mission-Matsqui Fraser Canyon

Jonathan Wilkinson-North Vancouver

Jody Wilson Raybould-Vancouver Granville 


Alberta Federal Liberal MPs

Randy Boissonault 

Kent Herh

Darshan Kang

Amarjeet Sohi


Saskatchewan Federal Liberal MPs

Ralph Goodale


An Open Letter from Grant G...

The Straight Goods on Justin Trudeau

Written by Grant G

17 Federal Liberal MPs elected in the province of British Columbia.....4 Federal Liberals elected in Alberta and 1 Federal MP elected in Saskatchewan.....I don't see a whole lot of Federal Liberal support in Alberta and Saskatchewan and I don't see that changing even with pipeline announcements...

Pamela Goldsmith Jones, the name of the riding you temporarily represent is called  West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, a lot of imagery is portrayed in that riding name, coast, sunshine, sea..

Terry Beech, you won by a narrow margin in Federal election 2015.

Your leader, Justin Trudeau's decision to approve Kinder Morgan has destined your term in Federal office to one term, in fact, Justin Trudeau's Kinder Morgan decision has destined all you Liberal British Columbia elected Federal MPs time in office to one term....I don't think even Hedy Fry would survive the next Federal election...  and it is true, Hedy Fry has a massive federal pension for life and isn't interested in running again, her next election replacement is doomed to last party status, as in not getting elected....

Maybe i'm wrong about Alberta and Saskatchewan, perhaps, just perhaps Justin Trudeau will pick up enough support in the next Federal election from those two provinces to make up for his west coast MPs being punted from office......but I don't think so....

There is a way for all you British Columbia elected Federal MP's to save your skin...Sit as independents, walk across the floor and join the NDP, join the Greens...

Now, you B.C. Federal elected MPs might say to yourself, sitting as an independent or joining a party in third place will keep you out of the loop, no chance to be involved in government decision making...

But that isn't true, Justin Trudeau already ignored your impassioned pleas to reject Kinder Morgan or re-route the pipeline path to Cherry Point......So, at present you MPs don't represent your riding to Ottawa, you BC MPs are mere trained seals sent by Ottawa, you have no input and zero say in anything....However, if you British Columbia MPs on mass sit as independents or cross the floor you will in fact become very powerful and actually represent the wishes of the constituents who voted for you...

This letter isn't a threat, elections are the purest form of Democracy. Let me qualify that, Honest Elections are the Purest Form of Democracy...

I'm not talking about rigged voting or voter suppression, honest elections, or in the case of federal election 2015 ....Dishonest Election 2015.

Dishonesty comes in many forms.....election 2015 the voters of Canada rejected Stephen Harper and rejected his ramrod policies, rejected secrecy, rejected pay to play politics, rejected an oil industry dominated NEB board, rejected Stephen Harper's obsession with Alberta oil and pipelines, rejected predetermined outcomes when it comes to big oil and big oil projects...

Justin Trudeau is more of threat than Stephen Harper was....

With Stephen Harper you knew what you were getting, he was the one that filled the NEB with energy industry proponents, ..Harper didn't believe in global warming and didn't promise to do anything to mitigate GHG emissions and Stephen Harper didn't promise a new Canadian direction at the COP21 Paris climate summit....

You Justin Trudeau during election 2015 told the electorate that only communities could grant social license....You told Paris that Canada was back as a climate leader, you promised a new relationship with First Nations, you promised to reform the NEB and let science and truth dictate policy...You Justin Trudeau promised an open accountable government, you Justin Trudeau promised electoral reform and an end to first past the post way of electing government...

Barely one year into your mandate Justin Trudeau and you have broken near everyone of your election promises...

Electoral reform, once in power your desire to change the system that granted you temporary power has waned...

You have had pay to play private fundraisers with Chinese billionaires with vested corporate interests.

 You granted an environmental approval for a LNG liquefaction plant situated at and on the Skeena River estuary...Canada's most productive wild salmon river...You let bad, flawed science from industry go through the NEB unchallenged and denied real science a chance to present facts..

With thousands of miles of West coast you allowed the worst possible location environmentally be the home of Petronas' LNG plant...You granted approval to what would be Canada's biggest single point carbon emitter and destined the Skeena River Wild Salmon to extinction, and possibly extinction to animals who rely on that sustainable food source..

You Justin Trudeau approved Kinder Morgan's tripling of their pipeline capacity and a 7 fold increase in tanker traffic in British Columbia, right through the heart of Canada's West Coast Jewel, through the most populated areas....

Justin Trudeau....People today aren't getting educated by watching television, watching CAPP ads, Kinder Morgan feel good ads, in fact television, people in droves are turning off the television, cancelling their cablevision and getting accurate information longer are people relying on simplistic ad nauseum for information...Leave it to Beaver,  Gilligan's Island or Beverly Hillbillies era is over.....

Today people are smart, they get their information online, from the computer, websites like The Straight Goods..The Tyee...we get information from researchers, scientists, learned scholars, brilliant people telling the truth on matters without the spin and distortions..

You Justin Trudeau in Alberta stood up and lied to Canada, you lied to British Columbia, you told falsehoods, distortions, you used the word science, climate change, transition, carbon tax, emissions cap.....However, you never once used the word Social License..

Even worse...Mr. Trudeau...There was no science presented in your Calgary press conference....You talked about 1 million more barrels a day going to market as a way to transition to a cleaner future...You talked about world class oil spill response, yet we know, you know, the energy companies know and even the industry captured NEB knows that diluted bitumen spilled in moving water can't be cleaned up...

You Justin Trudeau exaggerated the job numbers related to Kinder Morgan by a country mile, Kinder Morgan's own filings to the NEB talk of 50 permanent jobs after construction..

Justin Trudeau, you lied at that Calgary Press conference, and lied badly, you said ...what country would leave a valuable resource in the ground ...

Justin, at that Calgary press conference you lied to world, lied to Paris, lied to your MPs, lied to everyone who voted for made a mockery of science, you scoffed at common sense, you said to the world in not so many words that Canada doesn't care about climate change and Canada's words mean nothing..

However, the very worst of your sins at that Calgary press conference Justin Trudeau was...

You treated me, you treated Canadians from coast to coast like we are uneducated idiots, say anything, no logic, make up lies, tell us we are cleaning the air while promoting pollution,...told us we are transitioning to a cleaner world while commissioning pipelines with 70 year lifetime..

The NEB hearings were a predetermined fraud, speaker after speaker was denied the right to present evidence, well educated experts walked away as intervenors, ....Kinder Morgan didn't answer questions...The public was denied Democracy..

You Justin Trudeau wouldn't even entertain the thought of rerouting the pipeline away from BC's population centers...

That is very unfortunate Justin Trudeau.....and despite your claims of understanding British Columbia and having deep roots here...You haven't a clue about British Columbia, the protests will grow and grow and we will stop the pipeline and you and your team will be the only casualties as we strip power from you..

Justin Trudeau, your so-called "deep Roots" are that of an invasive weed.....An evasive weed on the verge of being eradicated..

The Straight Goods 

Cheers Eyes Wide Open