UPDATE: FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu says that the organization has gotten a new transmission for its bus, and that the group is now fundraising to cover the cost of fuel for the trip.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The founder of local organization FSJ for LNG is looking do a repeat of the group’s ‘LNG or Bust’ bus tour to Ottawa in 2016 with a trip to Vancouver next weekend, though the group’s bus is in need of some repairs.
In May of 2016, FSJ for LNG undertook a trip to Ottawa in order to make their voices heard by the federal government of the local support for the development of a liquified natural gas export industry in Canada. Founder Alan Yu says however that the bus’ transmission didn’t fare well on the cross-country trip, and the bus has been waylaid for the past year and a half.
Yu explained that FSJ for LNG has grouped up with other grassroots organizations who support Canada’s petroleum industry to organize a rally at Canada Place in Vancouver to show support for Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion that is scheduled for March 10th. That rally is being hosted by Canada Action, which bills itself as a “volunteer-led grassroots movement encouraging Canadians to take action and work together in support of our vital natural resources sector.” The rally is scheduled to take place in Vancouver on the same day as another rally against the pipeline expansion on Burnaby Mountain.
Ahead of the planned rally, Yu said he wants to do a similar bus trip to the one two years ago, with planned stops in Edmonton, Red Deer, and Calgary on the way to Vancouver, but the bus’ transmission problems mean it needs to be repaired in the span of a week. He explained that cost to repair the transmission in Fort St. John is roughly $7,500, while a new transmission shipped from Edmonton is estimated to cost $3,500.
Yu said that anyone that wants to donate towards getting the bus repaired can contact him via cell phone at: (867) 688-8888, or can make a donation to Fort St. John for LNG’s account at the North Peace Savings and Credit Union. He added that in-person donations can also be made to FSJ for LNG treasurer Lani Belcher at Petron Communications in Fort St. John, who he said can issue tax receipts.