Don’t allow COs from large corporations to whitewash major environmental concerns. Byng Giraud, vice president of Woodfibre Natural Gas says, “The facility will be putting nothing into the water” (“Hydro eyed for LNG export plant,” Chief, Dec. 5). Perhaps he is right in saying the “facility” won’t directly pollute the ocean but what about the air pollutants discharged from the plant and the tankers? Dr. Thomas Gunton from SFU stated in the Nov. 28 paper (“Airshed cited as top LNG eco-concern”) that these air pollutants (from the energy needed to run the conversion and storage plant) can cause acidity in the ocean. Howe Sound is a confined, mountainous fjord with not a lot of room for air movement.
Another issue that Giraud whitewashes is his statement about how the extraction of natural gas will benefit China and lower air pollutants. This statement omits one of the most important factors. Natural gas comes from somewhere and that somewhere is B.C. and Alberta. The main extraction of natural gas comes from “shale gas,” which is extracted by a dirty environmental process called fracking. Fracking is not in our immediate backyard. Does that mean we should turn a blind eye in order for Squamish residents to gain small financial benefits?
Before allowing such a huge industry in our backyard, let’s make sure all the important environmental issues are clearly defined and assessed. Let us not be shortsighted, valuing financial gain over a sustainable planet.