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British Columbia and China strengthen ties to natural gas future

"The continued growth of our economies depends on foresight and partnership," Premier Christy Clark said. "With our dependable, abundant supply of natural gas and China's need for new sources of energy, we have an opportunity like never before to work together and develop a strong, competitive LNG industry." The MOU is said to emphasize the development of an LNG industry...

Provincial government needs to secure land to build pipelines: Global News B.C. 1

The province has offered $12 million to the Gitxsan First Nation, plus a $2 million bonus to secure right-of-way rights for the 2 pipelines. Global News B.C. 1 is reporting 30 other First Nations in B.C. have territory which cross into proposed pipelines and says “more payouts may be on the horizon.”

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality says hydraulic fracturing is essential for economic growth

Regional council says there is too much misinformation being presented as fact with regards to fracking, while “scientifically proven and quantifiable data” has ensured industry accountability. The letter sent to council says “the short term dollar gain by unconventional natural gas drilling/extraction methods cannot justify the contamination of our limited drinking water sources here in B.C.” The letter makes note of...

New report argues B.C. and Canada must act aggressively to remain competitive in the LNG industry

The authors of the report argue the lack of policy and regulatory co-ordination in Canada, coupled with an increasingly crowded and competitive market is threatening the possibly of our country being shut out of the LNG market. “Producers around the world, including in the newly gas-rich U.S., are racing to lock up market share in the Asia-Pacific region, in many...

Fort St. John sees an increase in properties sold compared to last year

In Fort St. John, realtors assisted in the sale of 497 properties worth $188,000,000 in the first half of 2014, compared to last year’s sale of 383 properties worth $132,000,000. Out of the 201 single family homes which sold so far this year, the median price was $392,500, taking an average of 37 days for the homes to sell. There were...

New Opportunity Development Agreement signed between industry and First Nations

Steelhead LNG applied to the National Energy Board for a license to export up to 30,000,000 tonnes of LNG per year for 25 years, creating hundreds of direct construction jobs and additional full-time operational jobs. The National Energy Board has already approved export licenses for nine projects in British Columbia, and now has five more under review. The site will be...

Troy Media reports an increase of resentment from First Nations towards another Site C dam

Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nation says the provincial government has ignored alternatives to Site C, even after a federal Joint Review Panel found there's “no need for the power and excess power would be sold at a loss.” B.C. Hydro plans to build a third dam on the Peace River, which is said to flood more the...

Public comment invited on behalf of Aurora LNG project

The Government of British Columbia has also requested the CEAA 2012 process, a substitution to the environmental assessment, which the agency is also seeking public input. The Minister of the Environment, Leona Aglukkaq may only approve the substitution request if she is of the opinion that the B.C. process would be an appropriate substitute for an environmental assessment. The Canadian Environmental...

LNG-Buy B.C. online tool ready for pre-registration

The province says this site will ensure the province’s LNG-related businesses are in line for the potential of the LNG industry, also supporting the promotion and marketing of B.C. companies to global businesses for both export opportunities and for foreign direct investment projects. When the entire online platform is launched later this year, it will act as a...

Premier re-building a once strenuous First Nations relationship

Former Vancouver Island chief, Judith Sayers says the Premier is picking and choosing groups whose traditional territories are rich in potential for liquefied natural gas development, while others are left with little attention. All this followed last week’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling, which granted aboriginal title for the first time in Canadian history to the B.C. central interior Tsilhqot’in...

Provincial New Democrats criticize Premier’s visit to Dawson Creek, too many LNG plans, not enough health care

"The premier clearly doesn't understand that along with economic development, rural and northern British Columbians need to see an investment in their communities and social services," New Democrat rural and northern heath critic, Jennifer Rice said. "We desperately need health services in places like Fort St. John, yet B.C. Liberal government is failing to take action, leaving 20,000 people...

Premier Christy Clark and AltaGas sign LNG letter of intent in Dawson Creek

"LNG is a cleaner, cheaper energy source for northern communities,"  said Premier Clark. "This letter of intent is another milestone for the development of B.C.`s LNG industry – not just for export, but also here at home." The letter of intent is a sign of commitment between the province and industry to build a "small network of LNG facilities throughout...

First Nations protest against Northern Gateway Pipeline

If the project goes forward, the tankers would travel past the protest group’s Pacific coast Hartley Bay homes. Protest organizers have spent months crocheting a chain and accepting donated links from across Canada. Today they’re stringing it, about 2.5 miles across the mouth of Douglas Channel. That's the narrow entrance the tankers will use to reach a proposed oil export terminal...

TransCanada to proceed with $1.9 billion Merrick Mainline Pipeline Project

The Merrick Mainline Pipeline runs through Summit Lake, where Chevron and Apache’s Pacific Trail begins and will deliver approximately 1.9 billion cubic feet of gas through the coast, where it’s converted into LNG at the final stop. The project is expected to be running by 2020 and is part of TransCanada’s $38 billion pan to secure commercial expansion, expected to...

Resource Municipalities Coalition represented at B.C. Natural Gas Symposium

The symposium will examine challenges and opportunities as B.C. develops a new LNG industry. The newly formed coalition is an outcome of a discussion last month about forming a umbrella group to represent municipalities in Northeast B.C.,  managing the huge growth expected in the natural gas and other resource industries over the next decade. Mayor Lori Ackerman will provide information...

The Fort St. John Curling Club kicks off the 4th Annual FSJ Energy Expo

Some of the topics of discussion included, project management, safety regulations and innovations within the industry. President of Energy Service B.C., Dave Turchanski projected his company’s ability to be a part of contracted projects, whether it is building a lease, road, pipeline, new facility or even an environmental assessment. “I hope we get a good response to people here, as far...

New Russia-China gas agreement is being misrepresented: The Financial Post

The Post says Beijing has made it clear it will not be a pawn in Vladimir Putin’s great global gas game. The Post quotes the Wood Mackenzie consultancy, saying “the $400 billion, 30-year deal announced last week certainly has global ramifications.” However it also says, Beijing must be mindful of lessons learned from Europe and it must never leave the keys...

Over 1,400 attend international LNG conference

Industry proponents, international investors, major suppliers, and active community member’s listened to 14 panels from First Nation leaders, academics and local communities, focusing on furthering B.C.’s LNG growth. The topics included, making B.C. a globally competitive jurisdiction, financing LNG, First Nations and community partnership, maintaining strong environmental standards and building a skilled workforce to meet LNG demand. “This conference was largest of...
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