Sunday, September 25, 2016

Rich Coleman`s December 22/2015 Opinion-Editorial on British Columbia`s LNG Industry Thus Far.( Deciphered)




Deciphered by Grant G


I came across a rather odd opinion/editorial .....And yes it`s true that editorials and opinion pieces can be structured grammatically a myriad of ways...however, there is something very disturbing when a man, or in this case a minister, a minister who is charged with, in control of, his domain,  a minister who allegedly has the expertise to manage his portfolio.

What I find disturbing is, when a cabinet minister has to resort to writing opinion/editorial to defend his portfolio...You see, opinions and editorials aren`t facts,

Time to decipher Rich Coleman`s very weird LNG opinion piece...First off, read it, read the below Rich Coleman LNG editorial, the editorial Rich Coleman penned December 22/2015, 

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OPINION-EDITORIAL: LNG happening, poised for monumental year

By Rich Coleman

Minister of Natural Gas Development

(766 Words)


British Columbia’s liquefied natural gas industry made unprecedented progress this year.
The first final investment decision was made by Pacific NorthWest LNG, marking their commitment to move forward with construction and operation. That pledge had two conditions; with the first requiring government to finalize a project development agreement with them, which we did.

The other outstanding condition – environmental approval by the Government of Canada – is scheduled for a decision in 2016. I am confident that progress will continue and Pacific NorthWest LNG will finalize their investment in the new-year, in addition to other LNG proponents coming forward with their decisions.


That could all happen while the expansion of FortisBC’s Tilbury LNG facility continues in Delta which has already provided $50 million in contract work to over 100 companies in neighbouring communities like Vancouver, Langley, Abbotsford, Coquitlam, and more.

These are positive developments for just three of the 20 facilities now proposed in our province. Other exciting news included LNG Canada finalizing the very first substituted environmental assessment in our province, keeping their proposal on track to be one of B.C.’s most promising export operations.

The progress made in B.C. in the last year is remarkable because these are challenging times in the industry, for reasons beyond our control. Global prices have fallen since we launched our LNG Strategy and just as companies are considering making huge investments – some of the largest in Canadian history.

But here’s what’s important to remember: B.C. is in this for the long-term. That’s why we’re taking actions on our end to ensure B.C. is globally competitive and an attractive place to invest.

If you were to listen to the critics – the ‘scrooges’ of economic development -  they would tell you that progress has stalled and government should relinquish the BC Jobs Plan’s ambitious goals for growth and market diversification.

Those pessimists, to be frank, are short-sighted; reluctant to admit LNG is making progress, creating jobs and securing long-term prosperity for all of us.

In fact, if just five facilities are built, we know the benefits are significant, including over 100,000 jobs. To date, industry has invested more than 20 billion dollars to advance development.

The prospects of a stronger future are most evident in First Nations communities where access to new skills training and environmental stewardship programs are materializing. We are inking agreements with financial benefits – both immediate and long-term – that are making a difference in communities that have been on the periphery of economic development for far too long.

Many First Nations are leading the charge as well. The Haisla Nation has been active in the Kitimat area for many years. Cedar LNG is another recent proposal that could move forward by partnerships owned directly by the Haisla Nation.

In 2016, we are poised to take even greater steps forward.

The B.C. government is negotiating project development agreements with proponents, working with First Nations to further strengthen environmental stewardship, and partnering with trades associations to increase skills training. Thousands of jobs are being created and our first commitment is to have British Columbians ready for them.

We are confident Pacific NorthWest LNG will confirm its financial commitment – the largest private-sector investment in British Columbia - as a hallmark operation which will keep B.C.’s natural gas sector flourishing for decades.
Contract opportunities will increase, providing companies with long-term security and the ability to expand their businesses.

These are only a handful of developments that will be highlighted during our annual international conference in Vancouver, Oct. 12-14, 2016 – the fourth year we will host the energy industry’s most influential people and discuss B.C.’s burgeoning role in the global marketplace.

We are all in the midst of the holiday season. This time of year we need to be thankful for what we have. Our province is fortunate to have reliable access to energy and the quality of life it provides us.

Many other countries, including developing areas of Asia, are not as fortunate. Exporting our natural gas – the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel - can, and will, help Asian countries improve their standard of living and provide others with a dependable source of clean energy for decades to come.

Our government was ambitious about LNG from the day the BC Jobs Plan was released in 2011, when only a few export proposals were considered.

In a few short years our prospects have increased exponentially.


We are building a new, long-term industry in British Columbia. The benefits are far-reaching and despite what ‘Scrooge’ claims, the opportunity has arrived, and it’s only just beginning.


https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/lng-happening-poised-for-monumental-year


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Wow, absolutely bizarre....Where to even begin......I`ll start at the beginning..

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OPINION-EDITORIAL: LNG happening, poised for monumental year

By Rich Coleman

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Even though Coleman`s words above were posted on an official British Columbia Government news feed, the words of Rich Coleman are his, not government, ...Because, the Rich Coleman utterance is titled "opinion-editorial".....In other words, the spewing is one man`s opinion, Government is not saying anything concrete in this editorial....When is real Government progress described as opinion?

Let`s move on to this section...

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 British Columbia’s liquefied natural gas industry made unprecedented progress this year.
The first final investment decision was made by Pacific NorthWest LNG, marking their commitment to move forward with construction and operation. That pledge had two conditions; with the first requiring government to finalize a project development agreement with them, which we did.

The other outstanding condition – environmental approval by the Government of Canada – is scheduled for a decision in 2016. I am confident that progress will continue and Pacific NorthWest LNG will finalize their investment in the new-year, in addition to other LNG proponents coming forward with their decisions.

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Funny couple of paragraphs.....Rich Coleman states that B.C.  received it`s first FID...And then in the following paragraph Rich Coleman states that he is confident progress will continue and that Petronas will finalize their investment in the new year(2016)....

Now I`m confused...Because, Keith Baldrey had a year-end interview with Christy Clark on Global News on December 24th/2015...two days after Rich Coleman penned his opinion-editorial..And here is the relevant part...

From the December 24th/2015 Keith Baldrey interview with Christy Clark on Global TV..and I quote..

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Baldrey: "You talked a lot about LNG in the last election campaign, but still, here we are today, no sign that any company is going to make that final investment decision and go ahead with one. Are you accepting the possibility you’re going into the next election campaign with no LNG facilities in place?"

Clark: "Well, $20 billion has been spent, that’s no small change. That’s a lot of jobs for a lot of people, and that’s a pretty big commitment from a lot of companies, but we can’t control the world’s conditions. All we can do is everything possible in B.C.’s end. Work with First Nations: we’ve done it. Build a competitive tax framework: we’ve done it. Build the right environmental framework: we’ve done it. Go out and attract the investment, sell B.C. overseas: we’ve done it. All of the plans are in place, all of the things we need to do, and, you know, I can’t, as much as I’d like to control the rest. "


http://globalnews.ca/news/2420844/2015-year-in-review-one-on-one-with-christy-clark/


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There seems to be a direct contradiction compared to what Rich Coleman said and what Christy Clark, Keith Baldrey muttered about...Let`s have another look at that section of Rich Coleman`s opinion piece..

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British Columbia’s liquefied natural gas industry made unprecedented progress this year.
The first final investment decision was made by Pacific NorthWest LNG, marking their commitment to move forward with construction and operation. That pledge had two conditions; with the first requiring government to finalize a project development agreement with them, which we did.

The other outstanding condition – environmental approval by the Government of Canada – is scheduled for a decision in 2016. I am confident that progress will continue and Pacific NorthWest LNG will finalize their investment in the new-year, in addition to other LNG proponents coming forward with their decisions.

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The above word "pledge", ...is a pledge legal, binding, is a pledge more legally binding than a New Year`s resolution?......

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That pledge had two conditions; with the first requiring government to finalize a project development agreement with them, which we did.

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Strange sentence above indeed.....Sometimes people accidently reveal more than they intend to by just speaking, or in this case writing...If I was a Minister...I would have said...Petronas and the BC Government negotiated a competitive project development agreement(PDA)...Rich Coleman, in my opinion states in his opinion piece exactly what happened with his and Government`s dealing with Petronas...

Petronas told the BC Liberal Government what to do, and the Government obeyed Petronas....

Let`s have another look..

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The other outstanding condition – environmental approval by the Government of Canada – is scheduled for a decision in 2016. I am confident that progress will continue and Pacific NorthWest LNG will finalize their investment in the new-year, in addition to other LNG proponents coming forward with their decisions.


That could all happen while the expansion of FortisBC’s Tilbury LNG facility continues in Delta which has already provided $50 million in contract work to over 100 companies in neighbouring communities like Vancouver, Langley, Abbotsford, Coquitlam, and more.

These are positive developments for just three of the 20 facilities now proposed in our province. Other exciting news included LNG Canada finalizing the very first substituted environmental assessment in our province, keeping their proposal on track to be one of B.C.’s most promising export operations.

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"That could all happen".....Another weasel word(could) like could, should, hope, pray...

Then Coleman states in his opinion piece  These are positive developments for just three of the 20 facilities.....

However, at this point in his op-ed Coleman mentioned only two proposals..Petronas and Fortis BC`s Tilbury LNG facilty(a BC Government operation)...

Only then does Coleman mention Shell Canada`s LNG proposal, Coleman mentions the "substituted environmental assessment ...He cites that in a odd way, he claims a substituted environmental assessment is "progress"....British Columbia relinquishing our own environmental assessments for the Stephen Harper all oil, all pipelines, all projects are good environmental assessment...

That federal environmental assessment process is being renewed by the new Justin Trudeau administration..

Then Rich Coleman states this little nugget...

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 "The progress made in B.C. in the last year is remarkable because these are challenging times in the industry, for reasons beyond our control. Global prices have fallen since we launched our LNG Strategy and just as companies are considering making huge investments"
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So, in one breath Rich Coleman talks about remarkable progress in 2015 on the LNG file and in the next breath Rich Coleman utters ...."for reasons beyond our control. Global prices have fallen since we launched our LNG Strategy and just as companies are considering making huge investments"

Rich Coleman is now blaming low prices for no progress on LNG in British Columbia...

That`s kinda funny in a way, Coleman comes across like he is in shock, like there`s a rule or law that energy and commodity prices are not supposed to decline...and as a political observer in British Columbia for many years, these quasi Conservative BC Liberals blamed the NDP of the 90`s for the temporary downturn of the B.C. mining industry...Those terrible industry hating British Columbia NDPers were single-handedly responsible for the "Asian Flu"...Responsible for the WORLD collapse of commodity prices in the 90`s...

But, when it comes to depressed commodity prices when the BC Liberals are in power, ..Rich Coleman utters this..

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 "for reasons beyond our control. Global prices have fallen since we launched our LNG Strategy and just as companies are considering making huge investments"
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Then Rich Coleman starts calling people like me, Rafe, Damien Gillis, Norm Farrell and others names...Bizarre..
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But here’s what’s important to remember: B.C. is in this for the long-term. That’s why we’re taking actions on our end to ensure B.C. is globally competitive and an attractive place to invest.

If you were to listen to the critics – the ‘scrooges’ of economic development -  they would tell you that progress has stalled and government should relinquish the BC Jobs Plan’s ambitious goals for growth and market diversification.

Those pessimists, to be frank, are short-sighted; reluctant to admit LNG is making progress, creating jobs and securing long-term prosperity for all of us.

In fact, if just five facilities are built, we know the benefits are significant, including over 100,000 jobs. To date, industry has invested more than 20 billion dollars to advance development.

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Hello, pessimist scrooge here again, where were we?...Oh yea..

"In fact, if just five facilities are built, we know the benefits are significant, including over 100,000 jobs. To date, industry has invested more than 20 billion dollars to advance development."

More moving numbers, more moving goal posts ....What am I referring too...Let`s address those job numbers...

Rich Coleman in his December 22/2015 opinion piece stated if just five facilities are built it will create over 100,000 jobs, yet Rich Coleman said to the Victoria Times Colonist on February 22/2014.....And I quote..

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Rich Coleman on February 22/2014 made this outrageous statement while giving a 30 minute speech on LNG..

Read it carefully..

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"I get a kick out of some of the other folks out there saying: 'You're behind schedule.' "No we're not. We're actually right on the time frame that I established."

One thing that works in the government's favour is the scale of the enterprise. The values are so vast that even delivering a fraction of the potential could count as a win.

Coleman said: "They say: 'They can't all go ahead.' "I say: 'OK. Let's have three.' That's $100 billion. That's 100,000 jobs."

It's that comfort level that's giving him the kicks, and the amusement. snip..


http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=9cc9a3fd-2f0b-4b77-b2e1-40ddae5a1039&k=33176

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That information is contained in this Straight Goods posting..

http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/2014/02/rich-coleman-habitual-liar-cant-stop.html

So, Rich Coleman stated, on February 22/2014 that three LNG plants would create over 100,000 jobs, now, on December 22/2015 ...according to Rich Coleman, five LNG projects will create over 100, 000 jobs...Moving numbers, disappearing goal posts indeed!

And what about the BC Liberal claim of $20 billion dollars already invested in BC`s LNG industry...

That my friends and readers is pure bafflegab..Of that $20 billion ...Petronas bought Progress Energy for $6 billion dollars.

http://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/petronas-completes-6-billion-progress-energy-acquisition-after-deal-gets-ottawas-approval?__lsa=a9fd-d1f9


 Progress Energy of Alberta owned upstream facilities and infrastructure in British Columbia and in the USA...that $6 billion dollar acquisition cost is part of that $20 billion dollar number being bandied about.......Petronas merely bought Progress Energy...Changed the ownership papers, and, of that $6 billion dollar purchase price of Progress Energy, half of Progress Energy`s assets are actually located in USA shale gas plays......Damien Gillis has a little to say on that $20 billion dollar figure being bandied about too..

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"Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman has spoken often of B.C. needing to "win the LNG race." Well, it's over and we lost.
Premier Clark can crow all she wants about $20 billion of foreign investment thus far -- that's almost all upstream, in the acquisition and development of fracking plays. Not one of the 21 companies or conglomerates proposing an LNG terminal downstream has reached a final investment decision to spend the more than $10 billion required for plant construction. Nor are they likely to at this point."

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/12/21/Premier-Clark-LNG-Fibs/

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Then Rich Coleman blathers this...

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"We are all in the midst of the holiday season. This time of year we need to be thankful for what we have. Our province is fortunate to have reliable access to energy and the quality of life it provides us.

Many other countries, including developing areas of Asia, are not as fortunate. Exporting our natural gas – the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel - can, and will, help Asian countries improve their standard of living and provide others with a dependable source of clean energy for decades to come.

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 Well, perhaps the BC Liberals and the LNG industry as a whole need to get their heads out of sand..because, the true story of LNG and how clean it really isn`t is here...The truth about LNG`s dirty secret really isn`t that secret, merely ignored by corporate media, and ignored by BC`s pathetic legislative reporting hounds..From The New York Times

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One reason natural gas is called “clean” is because it emits 50 percent less carbon dioxide than coal when you burn it. Thus it’s seen by some as a “bridge” fuel until zero-carbon-producing renewables can take over. But natural gas isn’t clean in the way that solar is clean. It’s clean-er than coal. It’s better than the worst; that’s all.

And the situation is actually too dire for a bridge fuel: experts say we must stop adding carbon into the air within the next 30 years [1] or face a climate “feedback loop” in which global warming continues regardless of subsequent activities, a point at which we would be able to make things worse but not better. If switching to natural gas long delays the dominance of renewables, it’s not doing us much good. That’s why action now is important.

Alternatively we could all buy land in the Arctic.

Then there’s this: Natural gas is made up mostly of methane
[2], and methane, unburned, is around 70 times as potent a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide. There isn’t nearly as much of it, and it’s shorter lived, but it’s not so short-lived that we can allow a great deal to escape into the atmosphere, which it does when anything in the production, transmission or distribution processes leaks [3]. It’s a scarily powerful greenhouse gas for over 20 years, and merely powerful (25 times stronger than carbon dioxide) over a span of 100 years. By which time much of the world’s coastline will be what we now call “inland.”

To see natural gas as even semi-clean, then, you have to burn all you take out of the ground [4]. Because at least one study found that if as little as 3 percent of the methane produced escapes, you might as well be burning coal, from a climate perspective [5]. All that talk of a bridge to a renewable future … forget it. That’s why Anthony R. Ingraffea, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University, refers to natural gas as a “gangplank.”


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Rich Coleman ends his opinion/editorial piece with this..

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"Our government was ambitious about LNG from the day the BC Jobs Plan was released in 2011, when only a few export proposals were considered.

In a few short years our prospects have increased exponentially.


We are building a new, long-term industry in British Columbia. The benefits are far-reaching and despite what ‘Scrooge’ claims, the opportunity has arrived, and it’s only just beginning."

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Breaking story, the oil companies knew in 1980 how harmful their tarry oily goop was, ...This is a shocking story, why aren`t any oil executives in jail?



I have nothing more to say for now....

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the "pessimistic scrooge"....Also known as..


The Straight Goods



The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open




Friday, September 23, 2016

Justin Trudeau, Christy Clark, We Are Idiot!

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Breaking.....September 23/2016....Federal Government set to nix Petronas..

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-petronas-lng-idUSKCN11T2MM

Flowery words, gentle tone, grandiose optimistic future visions opined in Paris by Justin Trudeau....

But on the ground  in Canada, policy, regulation, captured regulators and cowtowing to industrial giants continue as if Stephen Harper was still running the show....Full steam ahead..

I had such great expectations for Justin Trudeau, he talked during the 2015 Federal election of a "new relationship" with First Nations, Justin talked of  "regulatory reforms" and a "new NEB process, one the public could have confidence in"...

I can picture Justin Trudeau in election ads hiking the Grouse grind, kayaking and recently pictures appeared of Justin holidaying at one of British Columbia's most beautiful locations, Vancouver Island's Long Beach....

And what about business acumen, do we in Canada possess none?..or should I say, are Canada's political leaders idiots, mentally challenged or outright criminals acting on behalf of themselves, feathering beds, in search of future directorships on corporate boards...it must be true, how else can one explain the actions of a one Christy Clark and of Justin Trudeau...

The former, word salad chef and vocabulary butcher Christy Clark...Site C dam boondoggle, the power isn't needed, won't be needed, the cost is astronomical, we are looking at $15 billion dollars by the time the numbers are added up...and..

If one asks Christy Clark what the Site C Dam power is needed for ....the answer forthcoming is gibberish, and constantly changing...who can keep track of Christy Clark's myriad of answers...First Christy claimed site C power was "needed to power an new LNG industry"...yet LNG liquefaction terminals don't use electricity to power their plants, they use natural gas, secondly, LNG majors won't pay for the cost of Site C power, they will accept free electricity from British Columbia...yet the power isn't free, residential rates are set to skyrocket even higher to pay for this power generating boondoggle...

 any LNG terminal built, IF, would be located hundreds of miles away from Site C, ..major transmission lines would be a must to make that happen....who pays for that?


Christy Clark has refused to have the project vetted by the BCUC or by other reputable sources, why?

Because the project won't stand up to scrutiny or a business profitability case, or a need-based case...

Now, as Christy Clark's LNG fantasy fades to black the story changes, Clark says   "Site C Dam will get Alberta off of coal power generation"    yet Alberta won't pay for the over-priced Site C power and Christy Clark wants the federal Government to pay for a transmission line from Site C to the Alberta power grid....

A major transmission line would have to be built to make that Alberta energy deal happen

Then Christy Clark changes her tune again..."Site C energy will be used to electrify the northern BC gas fields"

Really, when a LNG/fracking industry would require drilling thousands of wells per year, is BC Hydro now on the hook for continually delivering grid energy to a constantly moving fracking industry, are we going to zig zag power poles and lines all through the north...? For a sunset industry, for a industry riddled with lies, for an industry that will only cost Canadians money and never deliver wealth or jobs in any meaningful way...

So let's get this straight, ....Site C Dam power is needed to power LNG terminals.....and or to power the gas fields in northern  B.C......and if LNG doesn't happen the Site C power will save Alberta from dirty coal power.....Wow. now that's a business plan(insert sarcasm here)

I did mention business acumen....Canadian political leaders possess none...Rachel Notley believes the answer to the world's oil glut is to build more oil pipelines and flood the saturated oil market with more oil...brilliant!...funny how in the past Alberta made tons of money from big oil without tidewater(with the exception of Kinder Morgan to B.C.'s Burrard Harbour) access.....Now apparently Alberta can't survive without it...and on and on it will go, it won't stop at Kinder Morgan, CAPP will push for Northern Gateway, Energy East and even more pipelines....and still Alberta will wallow in big oil debt...

What about your business savvy Rachel Notley...?...you'll take Site C power(subsidized by BC Hydro ratepayers) if we give you Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline....How NDP-like of you Rachel...resort to blackmail when under industry pressure, a lame attempt to save your political future.....you done Rachel Notley, and you can't see the way forward, and as for the future you promised during the election you've abandoned.....Hey Rachel, let me give you a clue...bring in a provincial sales tax to shore up the provincial budget and then you won't need to destroy pristine parts of Canada by cowtowing, caving, giving in to big oil......my oh my, that sounds progressive and almost....NDP-like..

Christy Clark and Rich Coleman believe the same of LNG...build it and they(Asia) will buy LNG..no, they won't, they may buy LNG from B.C. for half the cost of production...the only way Petronas or any energy giant will build in B.C.. is if we give them gas for free, or pay them to take it..

The truth be known....Petronas is not, and will not be building a LNG terminal at Lelu island...The economics don't add up...(Hey Justin Trudeau, the Lax Kwa’laams Band voted for continued talks with Petronas and....on mass the Lax voted for moving the location to Ridley Island or to Dish Cove)

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Bloated, glutted and static, Asia's LNG market keeps disappointing



http://www.reuters.com/article/asia-lng-supply-demand-idUSL8N1BJ03P



The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry has morphed from energy's golden child to black sheep in the last two years, with demand slumping just as supplies soars.
While low prices are a boon for consumers, the lack of demand and lowered revenue will threaten the efforts of companies to recoup investments in LNG export terminals in the United States and Australia. Further, future projects will have a hard time gaining approval.
Asia demand was expected to soak up this supply but the region has turned to alternative and cheaper fuels. LNG imports to Japan, the world's biggest consumer of the fuel, are down 5.3 percent for the first seven months of 2016, government data shows. Meanwhile, South Korea's imports in July dropped 15.2 percent from the same time a year ago.We here in Canada don't get the real news, we have captured media that's in the business to promote the corporate agenda, real news in Canada is obtained almost exclusively through the internet, bloggers and alternative media...
MORE TO COME
Even with the current LNG oversupply, there is more to come
Huge reserves off Africa's east coast, in the eastern Mediterranean
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As Norman Farrell and others have pointed out...BC Hydro has been way off the mark with their power need projections going back a decade, ever since Gordon Campbell sabotaged BC Hydro's ethics and honesty, Gordon Campbell's IPP super power boondoggle comes home to roost..

Now in 2016 BC Hydro is dumping high-priced IPP power at a loss..and no, the northern BC frackers won't pay for IPP power, they won't pay for Site C power either..they will take taxpayer paid for power for free...Business acumen is indeed absent from the BC Liberal Government...They are the government of selling out to corporate party donors...

and what of LNG...Christy Clark pinned her LNG hopes on fleecing the Japanese people...robbing them blind after the Fukushima nuclear disaster...That game is over...

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"Seven Japanese nuclear power reactors are likely to be in operation by the end of next March and 12 more one year later, according to an estimate by the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). Judicial rulings and local consents will influence the rate of restart, it notes.
In its Economic and Energy Outlook of Japan Through 2017, the IEEJ has considered the economic and environmental impacts in financial years 2016 and 2017 (ending March 2017 and 2018, respectively) of various scenarios for the restart of reactors in Japan.
The organization estimates that if restarts take place according to the current schedule - the "reference scenario" - seven reactors could restart by the end of FY2016 (ending March 2017). By the end of FY2017, 19 units could be restarted, generating some 119.8 TWh of electricity annually, compared with total nuclear output of 288.2 TWh in FY2010, the year prior to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Under this scenario, compared with FY2010, total spending on fossil fuel imports in FY2017 decreases by JPY4.7 trillion ($45 billion)"
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$45 billion per year less by 2017 will Japan be spending on LNG...
$45 billion is a lot of money leaving the LNG market...
Need more...Iran with sanctions lifted is opening it's doors to foreign energy companies, Iran possesses the largest reserves of conventional gas in the world...conventional gas, meaning no fracking, meaning cheaper to produce, meaning more competition to BC's dead LNG fantasy..


Israel is fast-tracking development of their mammoth offshore gas reserves...Russia is doing the same, Russian gas remains profitable at $4 per MM BTUs..

Israel seeks to lure big oil and gas groups for rights auction



Shell's Prelude multi billion dollar floating LNG terminal will start operations next year off Western Australia and Africa too...Africa is courting the energy majors to develop their vast natural gas reserves...


Egypt is getting into the LNG game too...

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Egypt’s New Gas Discovery: Opportunities and Challenges
After a tough year, the Egyptian government recently received some good news. Italy’s ENI announced that it has discovered the “largest ever” offshore natural gas field in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast. Dubbed a “supergiant” field, ENI suggested that the Zohr project would be able to meet Egypt’s own natural gas demands for decades to come.
This is welcome news for the government of Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi as it enters its second year and it is likely to resonate locally and regionally. Once the field comes online it will go a long way toward satisfying local demand, thus allowing Egypt to spend significantly less on energy. It would be prudent for the government to use these savings to improve people’s livelihoods and invest in infrastructure, health, and education.  

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Japan, the world's largest LNG importer to slash its LNG imports by more than half by the end of 2017 saving the country $45 billion US dollars per year....

Christy Clark said this about Japan and LNG during the run-up to BC,s 2013 election...

"Liquefied natural gas is the industry that will make British Columbia debt free," says B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark.
"We have a plan to export natural gas at five times the price of what we can get here in North America."
"Their hunger for the cleanest fossil fuel on the planet is almost unlimited," Clark said earlier this month while on a campaign stop in Dawson Creek."
Christy Clark sticks to her pitch.
"Development in natural gas can stimulate $1 trillion \in new economic activity across the province — 100,000 new jobs. $100 billion in 30 years," Clark said

"The first plant will be running in two years and two others will be shipping LNG by 2020, while insisting her projections are quite modest."
"In setting out the amount of money that we'd be putting into the Prosperity Fund, at $100 billion over 30 years, set a very conservative number. But we'll see."

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So here we are, 3 months left in 2016 and not a shovel in the ground, no FIDs(final investment decisions)....Shell Canada was granted all the required permits....They cancelled their project..Altagas had all the required permits too, they shelved their tiny project because it was uneconomical, a money loser...Woodfibre LNG is about to defer to the distant future too...

So, Christy Clark, Rich Coleman and Gordon (i'm for sale) Wilson were 100% wrong on LNG...

Business acumen indeed!, so...Those pathetic politicians who got elected on lies and distortion are to be believed on Site C...laughable to say the least...

We the people are not gullible sheep Christy Clark, .....Mr. Trudeau..your turn for ridicule is coming..

Gordon Campbell shuttered Burrard thermal, a natural gas emergency power generator because...

Gordon Campbell to facilitate his IPP boondoggle created a law...A LAW, a LAW DAMN IT, a LAW

A BC Liberal government law that requires British Columbia to reduce 2007 greenhouse gas levels/emissions by 33% by 2020....




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B.C. Premier Christy Clark at Friday’s news conference in Richmond announcing the province’s update to its climate plan, with Environment Minister Mary Polak in the background.
    
"The B.C. Liberal government has put off the heavy lifting on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a later date, under a new plan released today.
The much-anticipated update to a 2008 plan created under then-premier Gordon Campbell recommits the province to achieving an 80 per cent reduction over 2007 levels by 2050.
However, today’s 52-page plan only lays out actions estimated to achieve less than half of the needed reductions by 2050, and much less if the government’s much-hoped-for liquefied natural gas export industry materializes and significantly increases emissions.
While it’s already known that B.C. will not meet its 2020 target of reducing emissions by one-third, the Christy Clark-led Liberals are not setting a new interim target and will have to remove from law the 2020 legislated target.
At a news conference in Richmond, Premier Clark said the plan will need to be updated every year with new measures, although the plan only calls for renewal every five years.
Clark also said the plan would reduce carbon emissions by eight per cent by 2030, which is not mentioned in the plan.
The new, interim target is just one of the many recommendations from a government-appointed 17-member advisory committee that is not being implemented"

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BC Liberals make a greenwash law to justify an IPP private power rip-off boondoggle that is costing BC Hydro and ratepayers hundreds of $millions per year and now because the BC Liberals know they won't come anywhere close to the set 2020 goal are revoking the law...baa baa baa...

That and because of Christy Clark's delusional LNG super-power fantasy....Petronas's PNW LNG proposal to be located at the mouth of Canada's second most productive wild salmon river..The Skeena, this one project would increase British Columbia's greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 40% once all the downstream and upstream emissions are counted...

Over to you Justin Trudeau....Nice speeches in Paris last year, flowery, optimistic, grandiose, oh how Canada was going to be a world leader in reducing greenhouse gasses...baa baa baa..

Business acumen, do you have any business acumen Justin,..I personally think not...the real action is in renewable power...$trillions and trillions of dollars being invested in renewable power while you suckle Christy Clark's ass fumes and cowtow to a foreign state owned company Petronas, a country who's leader Najib Razak is a portrait of a criminal, a liar, a cheat, an embezzler, a rule of law trouncer a crusher of human rights...

and for what....Business acumen....Petronas talks of a $36 billion dollar investment in Canada, the number is a fraud...fraudulent..
of that alleged $36 billion dollar investment....Petronas bought an Alberta company for $6 billion..Progress energy, the company Petronas bought...Petronas has tallied Progress energy's normal business activities..Progress energy has over half its workforce in the USA....Petronas has stated that Progress Energy's normal operational costs are all B.C. investment...$6 billion for Progress energy..$3 billion for Progress energy's payrole and operations here and in the USA...Petronas claims this is all investment in B.C.,,,,It is no such thing..Progress energy sells natural gas and receives payment for that gas, none of that revenue is deducted from Petronas's cost...in other words, Petronas is counting every penny spent in North America and calling it B.C. investment while ignoring Progress Energy's (Petronas) income stream....smoke n mirrors and funky bookkeeping...Who is cooking Petronas's books? Najib Razak....indeed.
Petronas in its $36 billion dollar investment in B.C. also includes the cost of TransCanada building a pipeline, a pipeline Transcanada will operate...Petronas in that $36 billion dollar total is including a possible future building of more LNG trains ...Petronas in their $36 billion dollar total is also including the cost of their Lelu island terminal..of which $8 billion of an estimated $11.2 billion dollar Lelu Isalnd terminal cost....$8 billion dollars of the $11 billion dollar terminal will be spent in South Korea and Japan..All the mainframes and modules will be imported...and..

Petronas wants the Canadian taxpayer to write of the entire $36 billion dollar cost at an accelerated rate...when a mere $3 to $8 billion only would be spent in Canada....a lose lose losing proposition..

Petronas's LNG project would become Canada's most polluting single point operation...A carbon bomb..
And no...LNG production in BC will not reduce coal powered energy in Asia, there is no offset, none at all and even if one existed, fracked, piped, liquefied gas then regasified has a carbon footprint as bad if not even worse than coal...and besides that..China isn't getting off of coal ..China is embracing coal fired power, thus they are building hundreds of coal fired power plants even today...


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


Mr. Trudeau...or can I call you Justin?......

British Columbia has thousands of miles of coastline....British Columbia has LNG terminal sites available in many places...Dish Cove..Ridley Isand to name a couple...and where does petronas want their proposal located....At the mouth of Canada's greatest wild salmon rivers, ..Petronas wants 24 hour construction for years, pile driving and bright spot lights 24/7...underwater light, thus drawing predators and young salmon fry eaters to devour our salmon brood stock for years and years...Petronas will not proceed unless they are granted that construction timeline...Scientists have rejected Petronas's environmental assertions...DFO and the Federal government decades ago warned of such activities in and around the Skeena river flora bank...there are no mitigation measures..

We just suffered the worst sockeye salmon return on the Fraser river..can you say FISH FARMs ..I can...

We have thousands of miles of coastline and you Justin Trudeau are placating Petronas by allowing them to build in the worst possible location...Remember that surfing you were doing on BC's wild west coast..Long Beach...That would be a environmentally better location for a LNG terminal than would Lelu Island...

Business acumen...Do you have any Justin?

Petronas, run by Malaysian criminals...Najib Razak....A company wanting $36 billion in Canadian tax write-offs when a mere $3 to $8 billion might be spent in Canada....To destroy the historic Skeena river salmon legacy...To allow the single biggest greenhouse gas emitter in Canada to proceed, destroying Skeena river salmon while were at it...a salmon run worth hundreds of million$$ every year..

When we have thousands of miles of coastline.....

And despite of all of this...Petronas is in no hurry to build...The project for all intents and purposes has been cancelled, and or deferred for many many years...

Justin Trudeau...pick up the phone and call Australia and ask them how their LNG is working for the Australian taxpayer...Maybe call the Australian judicial, taxation division and see how many lawsuits the Australian Government has launched against the LNG majors for tax avoidance and funky bookkeeping...
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Chevron adds $7b to 'in house' loan, critics say move designed to shift income offshore


A multinational corporation labelled Australia's worst tax avoider by members of a Senate inquiry has added $7 billion to an "in house" loan that critics say is designed to shift billions of dollars of income offshore.
Chevron's latest financial accounts show that a shell company in Delaware has now lent a total of $42 billion to Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd, the Chevron subsidiary developing the vast Gorgon gas project in Australia's northwest.
"It really shows continuing contempt for the Australian Government and the Australian people," Jason Ward, a researcher with the union-backed ITF, told the ABC.
"This is really a tax scheme designed to avoid payments, once profits start to flow on the Gorgon project and the Wheatstone project."
Dr Mark Zirnsak, a spokesman for the Tax Justice Network, also said it looked like Chevron was trying to avoid paying taxes in Australia.
"It does look like further tax dodging by Chevron, loading itself up with debt from the US tax haven of Delaware in order to avoid paying taxes here in Australia," Dr Zirnsak, who is also a director for the Justice and International Mission Unit of the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, said.
Chevron maintains that the arrangement between the Delaware shell company and its Australian subsidiary is a bona-fide loan to fund construction on the gas projects.
But the arrangement will have the effect of reducing Chevron's tax bill in Australia by many billions of dollars.

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Lastly....Justin Trudeau...If you have no balls, no guts, no business acumen, do the next best thing..Make a Petronas approval subject to finding a new location outside of the Skeena watershed..

anything less and you Mr. Trudeau will be deemed, like Christy Clark..

"You are idiot"

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Soot




Written by Grant G

Originally posted February 2/2012


I'm reposting this for a reason....... 

Goodbye Kleo The Cat 


SOOT


With a big disposal bin placed out back I finally found courage to remove the charred embers of my past life......

For months now we waited patiently for a promised clean up by our insurance company, weather and excuses dominated and day after day I would drive by my scorched home, my head would turn 90 degrees to the left driving in and 90 degrees to the right on trips out of the driveway as looking directly at my burnt world and family graveyard wasn`t possible, memories would flood my mind bringing tears of sadness....

The horror, trapped loved ones succumbing to smoke and fire, in the news of late there have been story after story of children lost by families as homes burnt down, recently hundreds of prisoners perished in a sea of flames, trapped by cement walls and locked gates, yes indeed my heart weeps for thee, is there a good way to expire, is one tragedy harsher than others, sisters and daughters stalked and slaughtered by insane predators or stupid preventable accidents striking down fearless youth, even dreaded diseases that spread in a flash and hijack family futures for no apparent reason but random selection in life`s unwanted lottery...

I ordered the big ugly waste can and faced my fears head on, with shovel in hand, crowbar and bucket, piece by charred piece my memories past were tossed and discarded into a cold unfeeling metal waste bin, family offered to pay strangers to perform this personal menial labour but I refused the offer for responsibility and knowledge were mine and mine alone, the guilt of leaving no way out was my burden and in among the ashes were bones that deserved one final proper goodbye....

Sometimes trying to do the right thing has consequences for had I left windows open my beloved animals would have fled to safety but with cats an open window would mean tempting death all night in the land of stalking coyotes, having lost one family cat to canine jaws years back I vowed to never let them out unattended, and with my beautiful 26 human years old Siamese cat fast paws and sharp vision was gone, coyotes and cougars in my neck of the woods are common and curiosity killed the cat, open windows and my 3 day absence would mean night roaming pets not equipped to win, my safety concerns turned to be a death sentence and for that I will have to live with the emotions, I just can`t imagine guilt parents must bear when human children perish, bad wiring, open circuits or badly placed candles or causes unknown, my loss can`t compare but empathy I have....

Nothing much was left and it`s funny in a way what brings out emotions, metal springs from old furniture brought a quick toss but a metal water dish drained my eyes, it`s taken several days and today was the last, started at one end methodically cleaning and picking through ashes, hockey cards from decades ago barely recognizable, clothes drawers revealed black tattered bits of cloth, globs of glass from dining room sets, everything melted into a blackened warped form that no longer seemed real, tools without handles, puddles of wires where TV sets once sat, at the end each day of this ordeal undressing bare before entering my new humble abode was a must for caked on black ashmud covered me from head to toe, not wanting to track in reminders was necessary, into the tub with a coarse toilet brush was needed to remove soot from beneath my fingernails..

Each day of this ritual seemed a little easier and there were times when life itself was rising from the ashes, under a collapsed ceiling was a birds nest and these little brown fellers seemed fearless, they hopped around in the debris like it was a playground, I gently relocated the nest in a nearby bushy tree, odd pink mushrooms were sprouting from outer edges of the scorched zone and earlier today I reached the last corner of my lost home, this is where my beautiful feline children would flee to when scared by strangers visiting or lightning storms and once there all the bones were found, the vision brought me tears for as fire and smoke raged they huddled together as one, they perished as one family, my family, it was almost too much to bear as I gathered up three sets of bones virtually on top of each other...

The bones are now in an old growth cedar box and a sea burial is forthcoming..


The phone rang as I was washing in the tub, I wasn`t quite done but was clean enough to jump to the phone, Mom was calling to tell me she`s joined a community center and is taking computer training, it brought a smile to my face and while talking and dripping water out the front window was a mother deer with her baby eating grass, I opened a window and took the photo above this post...

Life is a grand journey, locked on an emotional roller coaster that refuses to stop or even slow down, a clicking metal chain climbs joyous peaks only to come crashing down into the dark abyss of reality, happiness comes in the form of a phone call and sadness returns in the form of..

Soot still under my fingernails..

For today we rise to new peaks of joy.




Two dear friends sent me this, thank you Jean, and Mr. Walter v E....He looks like my departed alpha male named Jazz...Yes, and he does look like a mischief maker..

And we wouldn`t want it any other way...






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Thursday, September 15, 2016

British Columbia's Reflection, Wild Salmon




Written by Grant G


Salmon, wild British Columbia, ......Chinook, also known as Spring salmon, or Blackmouth...Cohoe, also known as Blueback, sometimes called Silvers...There's also Sockeye Salmon, Pink Salmon, Dog Salmon, Chum Salmon, Steelhead Salmon......

Dr. Alexandra Morton....in my eyes she is a Saint, an angel, a wild salmon scientist who's lifelong goal is to save our salmon from extinction,

I have written about wild salmon before and many readers have asked me to write more on the topic, I can, I will but it hurts, something about wild salmon turns my inner soul, haunts my being, going back decades, as long as I can remember salmon has been part of my make-up..

Dr. Morton, .....a marine biologist, I've wondered to myself, does Dr. Morton feel the same way I do about wild salmon, or First Nations feel or does she look at salmon like scientists look at samples under a microscope..

I read a story recently titled..

"Outlook is Dismal for BC's Wild Salmon"

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/what-is-the-future-of-bcs-iconic-fish

Wild Salmon is more than food, more than pleasure, wild salmon are a sign of a healthy environment because one doesn't exist without the other..

There are many causes for the slow painful demise of BC's wild salmon, bad logging practices from the past, bad mining practices from the past and more importantly bad mining practices of today...Fish Farms are killing off wild salmon too, disease and lice infestations...Also bad wildwest style commercial fishing practices from the past and now new threats are rearing their hideous heads..

It stuns my logical thinking side and angers me to the core, we have thousands of miles of coastline but only a handful of productive wild salmon rivers including the Skeena, Canada's second most productive river and our newly elected Prime Minister Justin(I love the environment) Trudeau is about to grant conditional support for Petronas's Pacific North West LNG terminal..A project to be located in the Skeena River estuary...A one of a kind place that DFO warned against industrial activities decades ago...A place so special, so unique, so fragile hundreds of scientists and marine biologists of today warn against the Petronas project..

150 years of gas available to export, no matter if there is one LNG plant or eighteen LNG plants according to Christy Clark we have 150 years of gas available for export, and somehow that is supposed to reassure us, that's not a very long time considering wild salmon have been present in vast numbers for tens of thousands of years..

I've thought very hard on how I can describe what wild salmon mean to me, mean to First Nations, what the salmon means to generations of BCers.....Time to retell but a few of my burned in memory salmon stories...

Not sure how old I was when dad took my fishing the first time, young, real young..

Ken Metcalf....my Dad's best friend had a small boat, 18 feet or so in length and like it was yesterday, every nuance of those early excursions are burned into memory...and to be perfectly honest, dad fishing with his friend Ken, dad dragging his knee-high to a grasshopper son with him on the fishing  excursions, early on I believe dad used me, his little boy as an excuse to get away fishing, dad to get away from mom and his four daughters, a chance for dad to drink one too many Lucky Beer away from scrutiny......and dad used me as cover..."our son wants to go fishing"   Dad would bellow to mom, who at that time in her life, 5 young kids to take care of and not too fond of water, or boats...

Fishing with Dad and Ken....a 18 foot boat with a canvas cover over the back, trolling around the bellbuoy in Burrard Harbour, herring and Tom Mack spoons..It didn't take me long to grasp the concept even at that young age, present a bait a troll around waiting for a strike...I was designated rod watcher.....

Oh how I Loved the fishing, ..what I didn't like was when there were a lull in strikes Ken Metcalf would say to me....(lean over the side of the boat and call for the fish, here fishy fishy, here fishy fishy).....I can recall thinking to myself, even at that age...What do you think, I'm stupid, I ain't calling for fish....and I didn't...

Something happened to me and dad...I was quick to learn the signs, gull activity, tide lines, herring boils, all signs of fish activity, soon I was rigging my own lines, tying lures at a very young age..Dad did notice my passion for salmon and when his friend Ken moved to Kitimat(Ken was a log scaler)...the boating stopped, but not for long...Dad was buying a boat...

Funny, all through my life when dad ventured into something new that mom didn't approve of dad would use me for cover..in this case boating....

A little something about my mom, when mom was mad at dad and or nervous her outlet for her frustration was water and cleaning, whenever they were verbally sparring mom would start cleaning, wiping everything, over and over again, she earned the nickname from dad..Mr.s Wipe...we'll come back to that a little later...

So dad buys a boat, or something like that...off dad and I go to prep his new(?) boat....It was docked at Mosquito Creek marina in North Vancouver....didn't know what to expect, down the ramp we go and there it was...a 40 odd foot long, wooden displacement hulled boat, long and skinny and old, a putt putt diesel engine and a hand-pump operated fresh water sink....this vessel was old and slow, and big....It was named...Andromeda...the year was 1970 ..Dad's new boat was decades old...

So, dad and I putt putted around in this vessel a few times and mom was so relieved that we always returned safely home, we didn't drown...Dad finally got mom to go on the Andromeda,..dad got her aboard, left the dock and went out 20 feet from the dock then as mom was trembling and shaking he turned around and returned to the dock, dad repeated this exercise a dozen times, he finally had mom convinced, sort of

We roll into summer and dad convinced mom and my four sisters to join us on a real boating/fishing excursion...We loaded the boat with supplies, food, fishing gear, Lucky beer and the like...

Off we go, we're heading to Vancouver Island..Silva Bay to be exact...We leave Mosquito Creek marina and head west, I mentioned the hand pumping to draw fresh water from the 200 gallon fresh water tank...

Well, this old tub of a boat was slow...we finally motored past the Lionsgate bridge when mom started complaining, there was no water...mom had emptied a full water tank in a mere hour..She was nervous indeed...we carry on motoring and Silva Bay was beckoning...

The approach into Silva is through a somewhat narrow channel...dad is navigating, I'm watching like a hawk and...well, this narrow channel is quite safe and deep enough, that is if you are on the right side of the channel and the tide is high...who knew..Sun was shining, the water calm, except for tide-rip in the channel, ...putt putt putt then clunk, bang, clank and thud, we were bouncing off rocks, crunching, grinding then boom, we come to a sudden stop, a boulder breaks through the cabin and water is rushing in... oh oh..

Dad remained calm, mom not so much, me, not sure, wasn't scared, was observing dad putting life jackets on my sisters, ....it was sunny and daytime and a local boater in a shallow draft speedboat saw the carnage and rushed in to save us...Dad grabbed the rope that was tossed to him and this little boat cozied up to the wounded Andromeda and started unloading our family....Sisters were lifted aboard the little boat first, I was clinging to my dog, Checkers was his name, Checkers and I were loaded next, then mom....And then mom blew my mind, she was a smoker in her youthful days, she did quit smoking shortly thereafter, however...mom was loaded onto the rescue boat only to quickly insist on going back inside the half submerged Andromeda...She forgot her cigarette holder, remember those 4 inch long filter cigarette holders...Dad shook his head, the rescuer stunned too...mom quickly returned from the doomed vessel and off we went, safe, on land, boat gone, supplies gone, stranded on Vancouver island.....

The Andromeda was a shoreline spectacle relic near Silva Bay for well over a decade...

Dad would not be deterred, he was getting another boat....he told mom..Our son wants to go fishing..

Mom couldn't stop dad and I did want to go fishing...

A new boat it would be, an 18 foot Sangstercraft with trailer for towing, it was a light limey green colour and fast..

Next dad took me to the Army n Navy store in Vancouver...Dad bought long light-tipped mooching rods, hooks, leader line, spoons, lures and a really big net...Dad spent a small fortune, almost $200 dollars which in the early 70's was a whole-lotta money...a smile came across my face, my fishing smile which still exists today, along with salmon tears...

 The next day I was woken early in the morning to dad saying....Let's go fishing son..

And he brought no beer...seems now wild salmon and his son was enough ..

Off we went, Burnaby to Sunset Marine, just past Horseshoe Bay...launched the boat and there we were, Howe Sound brimming with salmon and me in a fast new boat with my own rod, we got live herring at Horseshoe bay and a mooching we went(mooching, still fishing with light line, long supple robs and bait, preferably live)..The trick to rigging live herring is hook placement, the hook closet to the rod would be inserted across the bridge of the herring's nose, the aft just behind the dorsal fin through the back..

Light line, long bendy rods and single action reels.....the remainder of the show was all on the mighty salmon....Let the reels scream with pleasure..

in the 70's Howe Sound was full of salmon, big Squamish white springs and cohoe everywhere...

Gower point, Salmon Rock, the gap out front of Gibson...Bowen island, Cowan point, Cape Roger Curtis, everywhere wild salmon, there were days when we hooked 5 different species of salmon in one day...

Mom was quite impressed, we brought home salmon every weekend and I love eating salmon, salmon head chowder, salmon steaks, baked salmon, we even canned enough salmon for sandwiches..

My favorite, grilled Chinook fins and salmon belly meat, that is where the tasty and nutrient filled omega 3 fatty acids are concentrated, the most tasty parts..

Dad was still working on getting mom to join us on the new boat..she finally said yes again to boating, it was another Saturday, sunny, warm, Howe Sound that day was calm, dead calm, not even a ripple, glassy water and the Sangstercraft boat was fast, real fast....mom aboard, one sister dad and I and away we went, dad was ripping across Howe sound at speed, and yes, Dad was too busy talking and bragging to mom, not paying enough attention to the water ahead...what had happened, unnoticed by any of us was...A BC Ferry had cruised by going the other direction, it was a long way off and dad didn't notice the large waves the ferry was leaving in its wake, perhaps because the waves were barely noticeable on a glassy ocean...

40 miles per hour racing across Howe Sound and without warning, or should I say without driver dad noticing, the boat hit the wave head on, we launched skyward and everyone flew out of their seats only to have gravity return us to earth with a splat, tackle, rods and live herring everywhere and the look on mom's face was priceless...

I'm amazed that after her first two wild boating episodes dad managed to turn mom into a boating and fishing lover, her passion for fishing was only matched by mine...

Thousands of fishing stories are burned into memory, including the memory of where wild salmon existed in large numbers...Those Howe Sound fish are mostly gone, cohoe are rare in these parts...

I was sad, where are the salmon, dad had no answer...we attended DFO  meetings and even met one time fisheries minister Tom Sidden....DFO gave us bafflegab...today I realize that DFO knew the problem and knew how to fix it but because of politicians seeking votes bad things were allowed to continue unabated...DFO knew the Atlantic Canada cod was in trouble but because federal parties need to win federal ridings they did nothing, not wanting to shut down the fishery or stop the hideous practice of bottom dragging,..imagine that, to allow hundreds of vessels to bash, bruise and batter the delicate nursery on the sea bottom....the rest is history...

We traveled further and further afield in search of salmon, that led us to the Sunshinecoast, Pender Harbour...Lees bay full of big chinook salmon, Mary Island, bjerie shoal, Quarry bay, Texada and Sangster island...Coho everywhere...Pender Harbour at that time in history had 7 floating barges with live herring in pens available for sport fishers, today there are none, coho in Pender Harbour, like Howe Sound vanished...The schools of black cod, Hake and even the bottom fish became near extinct..

What was happening, pollution, a change in the ocean or industry messing with salmon's only nursery..Rivers, flora, eel grass and sand...once you destroy the nursery extinction is soon to follow..

  British Columbia has thousands of miles of coastline and Justin Trudeau is prepared to permit the Petronas project and allow it to locate directly on top of the Skeena River salmon nursery....

And for what, a sunset industry known as LNG, as dirty as coal, maybe even dirtier and no wealth for Canada will ever accrue from this LNG proposal...Passion, civil unrest, civil disobedience, pitchforks and torches to save the Skeena if need be..

Kinder Morgan if that project is approved and if there is a massive oil spill in Coal Harbour will that project shut down or carry on, it would carry on, if what hundreds of scientists say about a LNG terminal on the Skeena estuary is accurate the salmon will vanish, or become very scarce, Petronas with a 40 year export license granted would Petronas remove their plant and go away if the salmon vanish...no, they won't...

Where does it stop, how far can we be pushed....When does the wild salmon get to be considered first..

Time went by..

I was getting a little older, dad was still fishing and my enthusiasm was waning(ever so slightly)

Dad bought a bigger boat...he named it..Stolen Time(meaning time on the boat was stolen from elsewhere)..a 28 foot boat and ...and Dad heard of great fishing on Vancouver Island's wild westcoast(the 90's)..

Me having to work(in dad's shop)...it was summer and mom and dad and 28 foot boat headed to the westcoast...Bamfield...he spent two months skulking around, fishing everywhere and learning where the big ones lurk...Whenever dad phoned me at the shop and told me of the fishing my heart swelled, so did my jealousy, dad and mom fishing while i'm working...

The phone rang again, Dad said close the store and drive by van to Bamfield, he needed me to take a dozen fresh Chinook and cohoe off his hands...Off I went, BC Ferry to Nanaimo, cross the island to Port Alberni and 60 miles of gravel to Bamfield and when I arrived ....it was heaven, gulls, herring, the ocean there was alive with squid, salmon, the westcoast was alive with everything including my haunt...

Bamfield, The Land Time Forgot

http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/2009/09/bamfield-land-time-forgot.html

I loaded up the cooler of fish and headed back to Burnaby, the only thing on my mind was returning to Bamfield...

and for the next two and a half decades Dad, Mom and I spent countless weeks every summer fishing Bamfield and the Alberni Canal.....

The people I met, the old timers, Indian Chiefs and people, salmon lovers....Mom, Dad and I fished together up until he was 80 years plus of age....Then dad was gone, too soon, we needed another 150 years together, a blink of time...and now I was fishing with my last best friend....Avid fisherperson...My Mom..

A Farewell to friends/Wish you were here


http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/2009/09/farewell-to-friendswish-you-were-here.html

And as time went by Fish farms got located in the Alberni Canal and Barkley Sound and soon the westcoast wild salmon numbers declined, poor returns, fishing restrictions and..

And we ate every fish we caught, never sold salmon, the delicacy was personal, private and sacred..

 Somethings are literally worth dying for, fighting for, civil disobeying for and none more important to me than Wild Salmon...

Vancouver Island had near record tourism this year, the world is thirsty for nature in the raw, British Columbia can be a mecca for eco-tourism and a Manhattan project is required to not only save BC's iconic salmon but to enhance, restore salmon numbers, we need river restorations, we need IPPs shut down we need.....

The Orca, Spirit Bear, Bald Eagles, Sea Lions, First Nations and even coastal rainforests need salmon's nurture..

And what of you Justin Trudeau, what do you need......For starters.

A swift kick in the rear end...

Petronas cannot be allowed to proceed at that location..and if you do, your day of reckoning will come.

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