From: Oddvin Vedo, Retired. Former Economic Development Commissioner for Sunshine Coast, Bulkley-Nechako and Okanagan Indian Band, among other.
2155 Field Rd. Sechelt, BC, V0N 3A1, email@example.com
I have read all the 359 pages, a good report as can be, but. I will concentrate my comments of what is missing.
First, I like to make it clear that I only support an on land LNG plant, not floating.
One single important development can change the whole project from good, to a winner, with a much larger footprint of regional and socio-economic benefits.
Build the Fixed Link over or under Howe Sound at Porteau Cove area. That will enable a road to Port Mellon/Gibsons/Sechelt and one to Woodfibre. With a road connection, this project will save 100 mill. or more, and have far wider benefits and economic impact, well beyond the above Report, and also include the Sunshine Coast as a benefactor.
There is a major cost to the operator and the marine environment of all the ferries, barges and water taxies running forever to and from, referred to in the Report. A Connector to Sea to Sky is the key to a greener future, eliminating all that traffic.
Woodfibre is an ideal LNG site, from all aspects, the Report should state that clearly.
The marine transport of LNG is safe and well regulated. In 1988 I worked in Waldez during the oil spill cleanup, times have changed in the marine transport since then. I just spent 14 years in Norway, watching LNG Tankers come and go. To see a 1200 foot tanker with support tugs gliding safely in and out of a fjord is a sight. A sign of employment, prosperity, tax base and economic benefits to all.
Liquid LNG is safe, not flammable, cannot explode, and the safety for all concerned are well covered.
The largest benefit is only barely covered in the Report. The savings of LNG from the global warming.
LNG is used to replace coal and oil, an environmental saving on all fronts. Canada and BC are committed to reduce the amount of GHGs. This is a major step in the right direction.