Bamberton LNG facility not worth the risk

The idea is just another federal and provincial government attempt to promote fool’s gold and snake oil

Let me get this straight, a gang of Calgary LNG salesmen have come to Bamberton to promote a high-risk venture. They’ve taken their pitch to a First Nation’s property with a high rate of unemployment. It will be a floating platform, three football fields long and one football field wide. Then, six huge floating tankers will visit the area per month.

The billion dollars of real estate that overlook the pristine inlet now have the opportunity of having their homes blown from their foundations if just one explosion occurs. However,  it could be an opportunity to remove the derelict boats that are abandoned in Brentwood Bay, faster than the federal Ministry of Transport.

Pro side of the equation:  A few well-paid jobs and a chance to exploit an underachieving B.C. resource.

Con side of the equation: The risk to pristine salmon habitat at Goldstream Park, Victoria International Airport, Coast Guard and Helicopter Rescue Centre, the Mill Bay ferry route, Victoria’s weather station, an earthquake fault zone, whale watching adventures and the world famous tourist attraction, the Butchart Gardens.

The facts are LNG is a high-risk venture, with the profits going everywhere but B.C. Taxpayers will pay for the environmental damage when the floating barge pulls up anchor looking for another village in recession.

B.C. can not supply the world indefinitely with this non-renewable, explosive gas. The northern fracking process has been associated with contaminating drinking water and left the area susceptible to earthquakes.

The idea is just another federal and provincial government attempt to promote fool’s gold and snake oil. The floating platform is a trial balloon that is full of hot air. It is time the Good Ship Lollipop set sail. B.C. residents are fed up and an intelligent lot of people, not a group of voters to be suckered in on a get-rich scheme.

Art Bickerton





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