Frac’d Up Madness: FortisBC to drill 9km long, 14 ft wide tunnel under Squamish Estuary and through a mountain to deliver frac’d gas to Woodfibre Liquid unNatural Gas. Tunnel equipment built in Germany, transported to B.C. by ship. Net Zero? Impossible.

Woodfibre LNG accelerates Canada’s pathway to net zero:

Mar 23, 2023 — West coast project announces plan to be the first LNG export facility in the world to achieve net zero emissions. … This fast-tracked timeline exceeds the federal requirement to be net zero by 2050, while providing benefits to local First Nations, British Columbians, and Canadians. … “Woodfibre LNG’s roadmap prioritizes emissions avoidance and reduction opportunities, and we are proud to have a credible strategy in place that will make us the world’s first net zero facility,” said Christine Kennedy, President of Woodfibre LNG. … The company’s net zero roadmap commits to implementing certain GHG reducing technologies, and outlines incremental opportunities to reduce emissions further as technologies develop and become more affordable. … Woodfibre LNG’s robust strategy has been independently validated by a Canadian climate engineering firm, Brightspot Climate Inc.Was the firm paid for this validation? Then, it’s not independent. Did they include the pollution from the parts making in Germany, and the pollution from shipping them to BC in their validation?Woodfibre LNG’s net zero roadmap is consistent with Canada’s Methane Strategy and draft guidance for best-in-class GHG emissions performance by oil and gas projects. …

The bla bla bla strategy (with many pretty pictures including heart-shaped growing tree tops) is here. It does not mention frac’ing or how the company and it’s contractors will make frac’ing net zero or stop the methane migration unleashed underground and or stop the endless methane leaks on the surface via facilities and wells. I see no assessment of how many fires are started by the oil and gas and LNG industry during construction and operation (including by workers on time off or on the job roaring for fun on quads in ultra heat domed and drought dried up forests) or how they will be mitigated or perhaps they the same as other companies and expect taxpayers to fund their devastating pollution-caused mishaps. I see no assessment of how many fires are fuelled out of control by the oil and gas industry’s leaking methane and other flammable gases. I expect Woodfibre LNG left that vital information out of their propaganda brochure because they know it’s impossible to make frac’ing net zero or fire safe, no matter how many billions or trillions of trees are planted (besides, those trees will likely burn up in climate change caused out of control wildfires anyways, producing masses more emissions) or how many fire crews are hired. Companies will never be able to stop the methane migration caused by “brute force and ignorant” fracs. The only sane way to proceed, is to criminalize frac’ing.

“Plugging” a well does NOT necessarily stop it from leaking. It’s complicated and the usual “plugging” process does not diagnose and attempt to repair certain kinds of leak sources and mechanisms. I proposed a protocol for attempting to stop an abandoned well from leaking but, alas and as usual, it’s too expensive. Many “plugged” wells will leak forever.

Dr. Anthony Ingraffea

Slides above from Ernst presentations

Comment on the project in from the USA:

What could possibly go wrong with that project, yikes!


My Sea to Sky@MySea2Sky June 19, 2023:

FortisBC’s drill for their tunnel boring machine arrived in Squamish this week. FortisBC will be drilling a 9 kilometre long, 14-ft wide tunnel under Squamish Estuary and through a mountain to deliver fracked gas to Woodfibre LNG.

This tunnel will be under construction for 3 years. FortisBC has still not received all permits necessary for this project.

Contact your councillors and voice your opposition to this project!

Photos: What the heck was on that barge spotted arriving in Squamish? The equipment is part of FortisBC’s Tunnel Boring Machines for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Projectb by Jennifer Thuncher, Jun 16, 2023, Squamish Chief

If you were looking out at Howe Sound from the shores of Squamish on Wednesday morning, you may have seen a barge carrying some interesting equipment and wondered what it was for.

Squamish’s John Buchanan saw it and captured these photos. 

The equipment is part of FortisBC’s Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project. 

“Our tunnel contractor Frontier-Kemper Michels Joint Venture will use two TBMs to construct a tunnel between Squamish and the Woodfibre LNG site, under the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area,” said FortisBC’s Jillian Drews in an email to The Squamish Chief. 

“The tunnel is a key part of our plan to avoid any surface disturbance and protect the sensitive ecosystems and wildlife in that area.”

Drews added that the equipment was built in Germany and transported to B.C. by ship. 

The equipment is being stored until FortisBC begins construction on the project.

Pipeline construction is expected to occur starting this year through 2026.

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