Tuesday, April 17, 2018

577,The Unluckiest Number,Ten years out......The British Columbia Diluted Bitumen pipeline disaster



(I wrote this story in 2010....I wrote it in response to the proposed Enbridge northern gateway pipeline.....nothing has changed, big oil will never go away, the fight to save B.C. goes on...is no world Eden safe, can't we as a species strive to save what little clean environment that's left...Kinder Morgan is not our friend...however, KM is not our worst enemy..it's Trudeau, Notley and PostMedia's entire corporate newspaper chain..add in CKNW which is wholly owned by corporate propaganda central Global B.C.....we're alone on this one people...Horgan won't stop Kinder Morgan, nor will anyone help us....It will be the people of BC that stop Kinder Morgan...there will be political casualties..namely Trudeau and Notley(although Notley is already gone).....this story, change location, Island names and....this disaster is in the gulf Islands..

The Kinder Morgan Pipeline Disaster, Ten Years Out.......Grant G..April/17th....2018...)





Written by Grant G
                                    Number 577, The Unluckiest Number


The 10 year anniversary next month of the Bengal Lion Star tragedy and I had to come to ground zero to see for myself, perhaps it was a mistake to come here, from what I have seen i`m way too angry to cry and too sad for fury, in fact I almost have that peaceful easy feeling.

How I miss my dad`s analytical explanation and mom`s hope springs eternal talks, yet I fear that neither parent could explain away this tragedy, 10 years later, 10 years of black death extending it`s reach.


Looking around by boat off Banks island, one mile from ground zero the feeling is of the surreal, trees are still green but any ocean life or bird activity is eerily quiet, no salmon fry swimming , no squawking gulls just silence, for tens of miles in every direction the great kelp forests are gone, who gave us permission to gamble and lose what we didn`t own and what we could never replace, sacrificing little Fish lake was a horrid environmental mistake, imagine deliberately destroying a huge natural watershed for trinkets of gold, thousands of migrating birds executed for the mere sin of just landing, how many species of frogs or insects still get near or in the lake only to perish or leave half dead, what insanity compels man to convert clear clean water into a poisonous tailing lake devoid of life, but as horrible as the deliberate execution of little Fish lake, the scale of the Bengal Lion Star oil spill off Banks island in Hecate Strait is beyond compare, how is it that my only terms of reference in attempting to describe the aftermath is that of dead zones, in a way its very peaceful, no eternal battle for life here, those days are long gone.



Only if I could turn back the clock, why did it happen, the Bengal Lion Star should not have went out, a deep pacific low moving in, was the Captain pressured to leave, why why why, even with two large commercial tug boats assisting wasn`t going to stop the wreck, maybe if there were extra support tugs who knows but when lead tug boat Kitimat queen capsized in heavy seas nothing was going to stop the massive oil carrier from grounding on White jagged rocks that stormy (March 14, 2017) night, 30 to 40 foot high waves capped with fury pounded the Bengal Lion Star on unforgiving rocks, section after section burst like watermelons, spewing millions of gallons of tar sand oil, the 3rd largest oil spill in the world, maybe if the oil containment teams had gotten out here sooner but with storm force winds blowing for 2 days along with extreme high and low tides, my god, oil sprayed the shore line high on exposed rocks and layered thick into the lowest tidal zones, mountains of Alberta bitumen flowing in deep water, who could imagine the oil and heavy sheen would have spread 50 miles in different directions over 2 days, coves, bays, narrow channels coated in black death,  as far as I can look in any direction this paradise is dead, who knows what the bird count will ultimately be, millions of direct bird deaths with millions more that died in subsequent migrations, birds all along the coast found dead, birds with clear signs of contact with heavy oil, the natural engine in this migration route blasted with Alberta crude, indeed, the scale of the Bengal Lion Star oil spill can`t be measured in millions of oiled birds or the 40 distinct salmon runs that were decimated and or all of British Columbia`s wild salmon teetering on extinction, the sea lions, otters, coastal bears, eagles, ferrets, no salmon spawning led one extinction into another, we broke nature`s bond, too many dead for one`s heart to count, oil stained carcasses feed other animals that ultimately die too, black oil`s death-grip reaches on and on, only with time, generational time, perhaps millenia before this area recovers, can it recover, and for what, to spill another tanker of crude.

I don`t what is harder to take, the fragile existence of a few northern runs of salmon and southern Sockeye, it`s almost like the cycle of life has been thrown out, this large swath of nature, thousands of square miles destroyed forever, well at least for my lifetime, perhaps 6 or 7 generations before this area will become fertile again but with continued oil tanker traffic when will black death strike again, even if the shell fish recover, even if herring spawns again, the  Orca will never be seen again, the birthing females were first to die then the small adolescent Orca perished, 2 adult males are all that is left of the species, maybe mankind should have figured out how to start a new Orca pod before destroying the only one we had, unique species and west coast wildlife gone, in a blink, for all time, gone, why didn`t we learn from the Valdez disaster, there is no going back, First Nations have mourned, the northern and island tourism industries decimated, maybe I should have fought harder against the National review 15 years ago, 10 years out from this disaster and Hecate Strait still lay mortally wounded, you can still smell crude oil, I can only think of Charlton Heston`s Planet of the Apes movie when he sees New York`s Statue of Liberty and realizes that it was mankind itself that burned mother nature, this area is no longer worth fighting for, top scientists are mostly in agreement that outside of decades of time there is nothing on scale that can be done to remediate the damage.

It appears the only ones left fighting about the Bengal Lion Star are the litigants, where have we seen this picture before, the Exxon Valdez law suit still lingers unpaid(40 years later), the Liberian registered Bengal Lion Star oil tanker had but minimum insurance, $200 million dollars yet the insurance has been contested,  Bengal Lion Star hadn`t paid premiums in 2 years, Honshu commercial carrier insurance company have claimed bankruptcy, between the Province and Ottawa more than $14.9 billion has been spent on clean-up and species mitigation, First Nations, affected business`s and local town`s folk have law suits filed worth more than $15 billion dollars, everyone suing and litigating for compensation on something no one can return, Enbridge pipeline inc washes their hands of any responsibility, Shell, Exxon Mobile and the Chinese petroleum company are all pointing fingers at each other, owners of the Bengal Lion Star blame the escort tug company, tug company blames act of god and file for bankruptcy, how long will these trials go on and who will ultimately pay, what price, what price to return nature to the way it was, all this pain to secure dirty Alberta crude oil to China, oil use falls for the last 7 years, a dying product needing desperate tyrants, we sold out nature on British Columbia`s wild west coast for a handful of pesos, how can ancient dregs of plants take so much away from present and future life cycles, I can`t shed tears anymore, my life, my personal battles, millions of wasted words warning of potential harm or should I say risk management, I `m too old to repeat the warnings and too tired to muster passion, the battle for Haida Gwaii is over.

Even the First Nation`s blockade attempting to stop the very first oil tanker, 8 First Nations elders gave their life that day, not near enough pressure to stop that massive Vessel, oil tanker Shell diamond and its Canadian naval escort, dugout canoe versus high-speed frigate, symbolic but futile, the time to stop Enbridge was before it started, certainly native voices on opening day weren`t going to stop it, you can`t stop $5 billion dollars spent, never-the-less, January 13/2016 was the day the first super tanker left Kitimat, thousands of small protest vessels, nothing, not even Greenpeace and Suzuki foundation`s concentrated efforts could stop the Stephen Harper Federal Conservatives and the Gordon Campbell Christy Clark B.C. Liberal administration from rubber stamping this project from the git-go, proceeding at full speed behind closed doors, no matter how much evidence anti pipeline opponents, scientists, biologists and environmentalists put forward they were all but ignored, the NDP government vowed to stop the completion of Enbridge if they were elected in 2013, was the fix in, too much money invested to stop, too big to fail, needed economic growth, jobs jobs jobs, yes I heard everyone of those excuses justifying the completion of Enbridge, what jobs, imported foreign workers building the pipeline and 120 permanent after construction jobs, was it worth it.

Madness, I knew something really big would happen, not the 5000 barrels that spilt into the Skeena river, not the 50,000 barrels dumped at the port of Kitimat but something epic, mathematicians also knew it was coming, not if a big spill would happen but when a spill would happen, I can still hear Christy Clark talk about risk management, the best corporate spinners hired to say we can manage the risk, how come no one asked how do we manage armageddon, how do we clean up, how do we create more Orca, how do you bring back thousands of square miles from the dead, I wonder what Gordon Campbell would say today, Adrian Dix, the rejected NDP leader stated he regrets that the NDP didn`t do more to stop Enbridge, Gordon Campbell is long since dead, yes Stephen Harper and Gordon Muir Campbell I pass blame on to you and your complicit Cabinets, your legacy, Enbridge, bankrupt utilities, a dismal health care system, a dead central coast and slow dying life cycle, well, no one is listening to me, not the Governing federal Conservatives, not Premier Gordon Coons of the newly elected Refederation party, no, no one wants to listen to the left wing, after the BC Liberal led economic collapse, the seeds of P3s, IPPs and insider deals dominated, it didn`t matter who was Government in British Columbia, so many bad deals were signed, how many can the court overturn, the extent of the economic damage that came to fruition, what happened, like the Spanish flu in 1919 that killed millions, no one talks about the harm Gordon Campbell`s corporate Government inflicted upon us, the extent of one way contracts that ate up every Provincial dollar and more, I can`t help but think back to our 2010 Olympics, the pride, the I am Canadian attitude, Super Natural British Columbia but just a few short years after the closing ceremonies we have poisoned interior lakes, lost countless wild salmon runs to fish farms and now the third largest oil spill in the world, a death blow to our BC Coast, a massive spill in our migration engine.

Just picture heaven covered in oil, and what hurts even more, the people of BC don`t seem to care anymore, in the latest public opinion poll by Ipsos Reid job creation and big industry are more important than the environment, 67% for jobs and 16% say protect the environment, it`s times like this when I stare across at Mc Caully island or look into Norway inlet, smell the oil, I see the end of the world being played out, there is no shoulder of comfort to lean on, no soothing hugs that can squelch my silent anger, 576 successful departures from Kitimat, 576 loaded oil tankers that safely managed the inside passage, risk management, reward versus risk, despite 5 years of cruise ships not plying the inside passage, despite the loss to tourism, despite a sterile ocean desert, despite the tiniest of recoveries on the outer edges of the spill zone, despite of everything tanker traffic is predicted to triple over the next 3 years, an insatiable Asian appetite for oil and now that paradise is lost there is nothing left to fight for and no reason to stop, perhaps other Edens can be spared.

Number 577, no tears of anger no screams of silence, nothing but...

 "That peaceful easy feeling."





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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Justin Trudeau, all Huff, no puff, and more importantly, no political clout..Kinder Morgan Stageplay Unplugged




Written by Grant G


Electoral reform, "The last federal election under a first past the post electoral system" Justin Trudeau said ....I clearly remember that 2015 Justin Trudeau election promise...oh indeed, once granted his federal majority that progressive election promise was the first promise to bite the dust...buried, dead, not even a lackluster attempt....Justin just blew it off..

Trudeau made many promises in 2015....including restoring faith in a tainted, oil industry dominated NEB(National Energy Board) ...Justin talked of reforming the NEB...Trudeau himself said during our 2015 federal election that the NEB was captured by industry..

Many registered intervenors into the NEB Kinder Morgan review quit the flawed, predetermined outcome review


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Intervenors are pulling out of hearing about Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline expansion
NEB says anyone who doesn't like the process, should talk to the federal government
National Energy Board says it's following the law, despite criticism of limited scope of Kinder Morgan hearing
BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – The National Energy Board says the parties unhappy with the policy side of the process for the hearing on Kinder Morgan’s proposal to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline should take their issues up with the federal government.
The comment comes as intervenors continue to quit.
The conservation group Watershed Watch Salmon Society is the latest to abandon the hearing, saying it has no confidence the proceedings are fair.
Expert intervenors have also quit including former heads of BC Hydro and ICBC while municipalities have called the process biased.
The City of Vancouver has criticized the limited scope, but Tara O’Donovan with the NEB says they have to follow the rules Ottawa gives them.
“Our mandate is to establish, through legislation passed by Parliament and that’s what we use to conduct our reviews of any application that comes before us.”
She adds it’s disappointing groups are withdrawing because now there’s no way to have their opinions considered otherwise.

http://www.news1130.com/2015/06/07/cant-do-anything-to-make-kinder-morgan-hearing-appear-fair-neb/

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Robyn Allen quit the hearings....as did Marc Elieson..

Kinder Morgan was able to avoid answering questions...they've yet to prove they can even clean up this diluted bitumen dirt oil...

Justin Trudeau....I mentioned political clout....Trudeau buckled with the Energy East pipeline proposal...he knew he'd lose many Quebec ridings...Trudeau caved, a pipeline east to bring Alberta bitumen/oil to Canada east and Trudeau buckled under...yet now drama boy prime minister wants to throw British Columbia under the bus for a dirt oil pipeline to supply Asia with this lowgrade condensate filled, petcoke filled sulpher oil...nasty toxic shit..

Justin Trudeau wants B.C. to accept a flawed NEB review, where countless intervenors quit the process, a NEB review that hid from and denied BC's public from attending...police and guards, moving the venue to non-advertised locations...The process was flawed, Justin Trudeau admitted as much while running for prime minister in 2015....Trudeau won and now he wants us BCers to accept a flawed predetermined outcome NEB review.....

I want the prime minister of Canada talk to me like an adult, an adult with at least half a brain...a pending carbon tax does not make, or grant social license to build dirt-oil pipelines here, there and everywhere...an Alberta tarsands emissions cap in 20 years hence, again, that is not social license to carry on polluting...

On one hand provincial and federal politicians want to take credit for reducing emissions in Asia with fracked LNG...that is a fool's thought...on the other hand these same politicians refuse to count emissions of refining the dirtiest dirt oil in the world in other parts of the same world........

Full Court Press by big media, in particular the entire coast to coast corporate rag known as Post Media...

Doom, gloom, financial ruin for Canada they proclaim....Alberta is running a $9 billion dollar deficit this year...Alberta ships 3.1 million barrels a day now...does anyone think another 400,000 barrels a day is going to remove Alberta's deficit....it won't...Alberta can remove at least $6 billion of yearly deficit by merely doing what all other provinces are doing...it's called a sales tax...

And more, and more and even more....where are the other 2 1/2 million barrels going to get piped to...Prince George..Kitimat, ...another Vancouver terminal...what am I talking about...industry captured Alberta, and CAPP(Canadian Association of Pipeline Producers) is forecasting that by 2030 Alberta will be exporting 5.5 million barrels a day and that more pipelines will be required..here is what CAPP is saying..

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Canada will need more pipelines built through to 2030 to transport an additional 1.3 million barrels per day of oil sands production to markets across North America and around the world, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) announced June 13th in its 2017 Crude Oil Forecast, Markets and Transportation report.
Overall Canadian oil production will grow to 5.1 million b/d in 2030, up from 3.85 million b/d in 2016. This 1.2 million b/d growth will be driven by a 53–per-cent increase in forecasted oil sands production of up to 3.7 million b/d in 2030 from 2.4 million b/d in 2016.

Conventional oil production is expected to remain flat, producing 884,000 b/d on average throughout the outlook.

New offshore production from the Hebron project Newfoundland and Labrador, expected at the end of 2017, will contribute to a rise in eastern Canadian output to 307,000 b/d by 2024, but thereafter, due to natural declines, forecasted production will drop to 186,000 b/d by 2030.

The projected growth will exceed the existing pipeline transportation capacity, highlighting the urgent need for pipelines heading east, west, and south. Today, the pipeline network can transport 4 million b/d of oil and oil products but by 2030 it will need to move more than 5.5 million b/d. Increased pipeline capacity to reach more Canadians and new, growing markets around the world will ensure Canada remains globally competitive.


https://www.capp.ca/publications-and-statistics/crude-oil-forecast

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Where are those pipelines going to go Trudeau.....? How on earth can Trudeau...or Canada say with a straight face that we give a flying fuck about the environment...?

Carbon Taxes....I've said it before and i'll say it again....i'm not completely opposed to a carbon tax...unless, if I see emissions falling, or an honest effort being made...here in BC our emissions will skyrocket with an LNG industry, a carbon tax exempt LNG industry...BC will blow up our emissions, miss every target again, miss badly while regular folk pay more and more....Trudeau's national carbon tax, contingent upon shipping millions more barrels of dirty bitumen per day...

I don't like paying a carbon tax while watching our emissions zoom skyward....emissions from refining dirt oil in other countries must be counted...Big energy want to take credit for lng possibly lowering emissions in Asia, although fracked gas, turned into LNG, shipped across the big ocean, regasified then burnt...that whole process, counting all the methane leaks is as dirty as coal...however.

We can't ignore the emissions from transporting and refining Alberta dirt oil overseas...

Let me be perfectly clear....If Trudeau wants to be a dirt oil emperor...take off your green coloured Paris climate summit glasses...progressive thinkers around the world are already laughing at Trudeau...laughing at Canada...word salad, bafflegab political blather coming from Trudeau..Carr..McKenna...more bafflegab coming from Rachel Notley....what happened Rachel...who are you, you've destroyed the Alberta NDP Party and you are now pitiless desperate to capture some Conservative votes..

Political clout....Rachel Notley is going to get thoroughly thrashed in Alberta election 2019.....Jason Kenney will win, I despise him badly but that isn't the issue, those are the facts on the ground...Rachel Notley is making a complete ass of herself for naught...Notley will be unemployed in 2019, or at best, still the leader of meek, weak shrunken bit party....those are the facts on the ground...Notley rather than trying to bring in progressive regulations and leave her mark on Alberta before she's out....no, instead oily Rachel has gone to bed with big oil....Rachel Notley will leave office with nothing to show for her time there with the exception of an oil-stained mattress..

Jason Kenney....He will be Alberta premier and Kenney will go to the wall in fighting any federal carbon tax..as is Saskatchewan....and more...Doug Ford very soon will be premier of Ontario, he too is vowing to fight any federal imposed carbon tax....and as for Trudeau's off in the distance Alberta tar sand emissions cap...CAPP/big oil...they're already lobbying for exemptions on emissions reporting, and any money collected through fines or carbon tax, CAPP wants that money returned to industry too...Trudeau's carbon tax is in big trouble....Trudeau's Alberta emissions cap is a figment of one's imagination, it's decades off and any government, at anytime can remove it....a Federal conservative government will remove the proposed emissions cap, and if Liberals remain in power...They won't enforce a emissions cap, they'll merely water it down...just like what happened to BC's 2020 GHG reduction goals...I remind..BC was supposed to reduce our GHG levels measured in  2007 by 33% by 2020....those targets have been punted to 2030..and LNG makes it impossible to reduce, our emissions will skyrocket....The point being...a carbon tax, a proposed emissions cap...these acts and deeds are meaningless when our provincial and national emissions skyrocket and our target goals get punted decades away....the public isn't stupid...

We have election timing on our side....Justin Trudeau is already sagging in the polls, Andrew Scheer is polling higher than our Jack of diamonds prime minister Justin Trudeau..






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Justin Trudeau has 18 seats in British Columbia.......Trudeau has 4 Alberta seats....and 1 seat in Saskatchewan....

Those seat numbers....Trudeau will not gain in Alberta...Alberta is going back to Conservative rule bigtime...Notley is gone..she can't deliver Trudeau any more Alberta ridings in 2019...Rachel Notley can't even save her own seat...or save her bizzarro NDP oil Party...

Saskatchewan will not turn Liberal red either, no gains to be made there...With Trudeau hemorrhaging support in Ontario...a Ontario soon to be governed by Conservative Doug Ford...With Trudeau wobbly in Quebec....his electoral reform broken promise...his not-fooling-anyone carbon tax/emissions cap social license bafflegab routine...

Justin Trudeau doesn't have the political clout to push Kinder Morgan diluted bitumen pipeline through....BCers will call Trudeau's and Notley's bluff..


That brings me to Premier John Horgan.....who i'm not sure is really against Kinder Morgan....it could be, it probably is mere posturing theatrics...after he approved the Site C boondoggle and offered $billions in subsidies to foreign fraccers and big energy....after losing the environmental and progressive factions of BC/s NDP Party...with teetering with Andrew Weaver befalling his corporate uturn government...Horgan may merely be play acting...

However...if John Horgan is serious..

Horgan has been summoned to Ottawa for a sitdown with the principle..eer, I mean drama teacher Justin Trudeau and nurse Ratched...eer, I mean Rachel Notley...




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If John Horgan is serious about stopping Kinder Morgan...


Postmedia, Global, CTV, CBC...Radio...none of our Canadian mainstream media is showing what can happen when oil/diluted bitumen pipelines go wrong...

There's a oil slick right now in the China sea the size of France....There was the big Husky Oil spill last year...The Kalamazoo river pipeline disaster, there is a ongoing pipeline disaster right now off the coast of Borneo..and who can forget the Exxon Valdez disaster....still not cleaned up, and court imposed fines still not paid, 30 years later...

We need a B.C. government advertising campaign highlighting these disasters..government ads showing the environmental damage..pictures of dead fish, oil covered birds...John Horgan can whip up public sentiment...someone has to, our mainstream media is only talking made up financial numbers...no one is talking about or showing the carnage from spilled oil, or spilled diluted bitumen...

The people of BC need to be reminded, shocked, our worldwide reputation as a green environment is at risk...our coastlines at risk, our Salmon and Orca....our tourism industry and gawd help us all, what would a major Burrard inlet spill do to property values....Diluted bitumen cannot be cleaned up in water...Kinder Morgan walked away from the clean up question, because they couldn't provide an honest answer....hundreds of rivers and streams put at risk..avalanches, earthquakes and human error...

John Horgan was granted an electoral mandate, he has the power of the purse, he has the ability to inform the public with visual messages, visual information and shock the people with images of the carnage, he can counter the full-court press being employed by Postmedia and Capp, and those sellout media personalities who were ordered to walk the corporate walk or lose their job....Tamara Taggert and Mike Kileen were axed for that exact reason...they weren't corporate bible thumpers...thus they were canned...like Drex was shuffled off into the wee hours...too lefty for prime time....

John Horgan.....you don't deserve my advice, however, I care more about the environment and future generations than anything else.....so I bite my lip and offer you advice...bring the BC people onboard, visualize the disasters, show the oil carnage....

We have federal election timing on our side....

Justin Trudeau doesn't have the political clout to ram it through....

Time to make hay....Time to play political hardball..

https://ricochet.media/en/2170/kinder-morgan-is-playing-canada



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Thursday, March 22, 2018

John Horgan-Once Gaining Power Veers NDP Party To Right-Abandons Grassroots-Rolls Electoral Dice-Can Horgan Garner BC Liberal(Conservative) Voters to Make up for Losing BC's Progressive "Activist" Support







Updated March 22/2018.......as written below, everything I said has come true...any shred of the BC NDP pre-election 2017 is now gone.....Horgan sold out the province and the people....Horgan gave the LNG industry PST exemption(read HST in a new form)..how long til all industry demands a HST tax regime....Horgan exempted LNG industry from the carbon tax....Horgan also removed BC's LNG taxation framework...a tax that started at 7%....then BC Liberals slashed that tax to 1.5%....Today John Horgan slashed that taxrate to ZERO %.....and with $billions in unclaimed(as of yet) deep-well drilling credits.....Corporate welfare on steroids....we have officially entered into the Australian like LNG taxation zone....meaning BC we never see any revenue from LNG......and with that...adios BC NDP....hope some of you cross the floors, I'd hate to see all you MLAs look like word salad idiots and Party Root sellouts....do any of you NDP MLAS have any honour, morals or backbone...Probably not!....

It's far worse people...because today in Ottawa(March 22nd 2018) several northern BC Mayors pleading for the federal Government, pleading to Trudeau to REMOVE IMPORT DUMPING DUTIES ON ASIAN STEEL COMPONENTS....because as you know, LNG Canada is having the entire natural gas liquefaction plant built in S Korea and barged to B.C.....along with Korean workers to reassemble what THEY built....that's how it is done....so, Trudeau has Horgan by the balls....Horgan begging to remove import duties....Trudeau wanting Horgan to get out of the way of Kinder Morgan....this is a twofer, and it's coming.....Horgan has already made a deal with Trudeau...here it is....(BC Government after studying Ottawa's and industry's spill response have determined that Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion is safe to proceed) ...Horgan will boast.. that in return he got import duties removed too...

http://northcoastreview.blogspot.ca/2018/03/northern-mayors-delegation-in-ottawa-to.html

Horgan campaigned left and now governs far right....what a dishonest bunch BC NDP are..

Bottom line for LNG Canada and their project....They are PST exempt...no carbon tax...no LNG tax...royalties will be next to none as there are $billion in drill credits, with more on offer...the LNG Plant itself, modular form, built in sections, all fabricated in South Korea...barged to BC...where Shell Canada will writeoff the build cost(money spent in South Korea), and the interest cost(money they lend to themselves)..Build cost, interest payments, all written off against future taxation...we'll never see a dime....read these two links..

https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-03-26/everyone-s-a-loser-in-australia-s-lng-boom


http://www.world-psi.org/en/chevrons-tax-schemes-piping-profits-out-australia


I mentioned I knew/know Horgan's playbook(beside's being a traitor)....The below post...100% accurate..it's almost like I knew...? I took a lot of heat for shouting out the truth to party faithful....too bad many still believed different.....


Cheers

Enjoy the read......


Written by Grant G


"Will the real John Horgan please stand up"


I must say....John Horgan's year end message to me, to all BC's progressive voters, to all NDP issue savvy voters is rather disheartening, to say the least, it's actually more..

John Horgan is telling you to shut up, be quiet and accept the status quo, accept the New NDP Government,  a government that administers better, administers BC Liberal policy better, a government of .....?

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B.C. Premier John Horgan had a clear message for his B.C. NDP at year’s end.




"If we’re going to be a government that governs for all British Columbians, we have to set aside our activism and start being better administrators,” he said in an interview with Global BC’s Keith Baldrey to cap off an eventful 2017 for the NDP leader.

https://globalnews.ca/news/3919804/john-horgan-year-end-interview/

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That's John Horgan talking in a year end interview with his new adviser Global BC's Keith Baldrey..

The Site C decision....John Horgan in an interview with Alaska Highway News stated that Site C power will be used to electrify BC's northern gas fields...to be more precise, to use Site C hydroelectric power to aid BC's gas frackers...to enable the natural gas frackers to use $12 billion dollar Site C power rather than use diesel generated power for fracking(Fracking process takes a great deal of water and power to shatter shale).....

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AHN: Let’s talk natural gas quickly. I understand you have a trade mission to China in the new year, as well as meetings with LNG Canada. What are your priorities?
JH: I’ve been to Kitimat earlier in the fall. I met with LNG Canada officials as well as Kitimat LNG. You will know Kitimat is a community that welcomes industrial development. Kitimat LNG was the first out of the gate actually to start advocating getting the first export permit and are still working diligently to await the turnaround in prices so they can proceed.
LNG Canada, again, a large project that includes Shell Canada, three offshore companies, KoGas, Mitsubishi, and PetroChina. So when we visit Japan, Korea, and China in January, I intend to meet with those three companies and talk to them about their continued interest in a final investment decision on LNG Canada. We want to make sure that we can get our natural resources to higher-priced markets. The advent of hydraulic fracturing has meant North America is awash in gas and that’s driving the price down, making it difficult for producers in the Peace to succeed.
We’re fortunate to have a lot of liquids, particularly in the Montney, which has allowed projects like AltaGas’s propane export facility in Prince Rupert to be built. I visited that site as well. So, I think there’s a bright future for natural gas in the Peace and in British Columbia, but we want to make sure we’re meeting our climate objectives. We’re serious about reducing our emissions, I know the industry is as well. That electrification (of gas fields)is part of that,


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This is what the Peace River valley looked like before Site C dam




Activism......Activism comes in many forms....activism to stop Site C, activism to stop Kinder Morgan, activism to stop Taseko mines, activism against Imperial Metals there's also social and human rights activism....

The fight to raise disability rates, welfare rates, the battle by teachers and their union for kids, for class size and composition...

"activism" from the BCTF that lasted over a decade reversed the draconian changes Gordon Campbell and his BC Liberal government made to how we educate and instruct children..

It wasn't the BC NDP Party that funded or contributed to that decade long court challenge, a challenge eventually won through "activism"....John Horgan's new government isn't changing the teachers' win, or bringing the teachers' win in...John Horgan is merely administering what was returned to the curriculum last year....An Activist teacher's union won that battle..

"Activists" in the 70's stopped the clearcutting of old growth forests...Activists changed things for the better....in British Columbia, in 2017, almost 2018, under John Horgan's NDP  "activists are no longer required"

Kinder Morgan.....

BC NDP party ...besides chatter in our legislature when they were opposition...BC NDP have not expended any money to stop Kinder Morgan's "tripling" of capacity, along with a 7-fold increase in tanker traffic..."Activists" in Burnaby, activists from all over have been fighting Kinder Morgan's expansion...including Burnaby Mayor Derrick Corrigan..

LNG and Kinder Morgan are connected....John Horgan's New Year's trade mission to Asia(China) is all about bitumen and LNG exports...John Horgan is leveraging Kinder Morgan's bitumen exports to China with B.C. LNG....as in..Sign longterm BC LNG deals and you get both...Kinder Morgan bitumen and LNG..

John Horgan going to China, to convince the Asian nation to buy B.C. LNG..and Horgan, while peddling liquid gas is going to tell the Chinese he's going to stop Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion??? considering it's Chinese buyers who have booked Kinder Morgan's expanded bitumen exports...China is the offtaker of Kinder Morgan's increased export capacity...Does anyone believe Horgan has a chance in hell of selling British Columbia LNG to China while blocking bitumen/tar oil...?

John Horgan to sell LNG to China must use Kinder Morgan bitumen as bait....

We lose every big environmental battle under Horgan..

I don't recall John Horgan telling NDP progressive voters that if he won power, or was PROPPED UP AND PLACED IN POWER that he was swinging the NDP Party to the right..

One might wonder about Andrew Weaver's opposition to Horgan's rightwing swing...Andrew Weaver will of course oppose, however, Andrew Weaver gave John Horgan a free pass on Site C, and as mentioned before in a recent Straight Goods post, Andrew Weaver won't rock the vote until after a referendum on electoral reform, ...and if the referendum fails?, considering now that Horgan is chasing BC Liberal rightwing voters?, considering now that Horgan's "New Party" isn't going to campaign for changing our electoral voting system..With BC Liberals on full frontal assault against electoral reform, with John Horgan chasing those same BC Liberal voters...With Bill Tieleman leading the NO ELECTORAL REFORM CAMPAIGN....With John Horgan this week telling the CBC in a year end interview that if this upcoming electoral reform referendum fails, BC will not revisit the issue...

John Horgan just revealed the hand he's playing on electoral reform...when this referendum fails, his party won't make it an election issue in 2021, in other words, how important is PR or any electoral reform to John Horgan when he's prepared to give up on it...The first B.C. referendum on electoral reform in 2005...Changing to PR garnered OVER 50% of the vote(The threshold for changing our electoral system was set much higher in that 2005 referendum..60% was required)...here is what Horgan said about electoral reform in a year-end CBC interview....you'll notice there is no fire in Horgan's belly...

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Last chance?

B.C. voters turned down two previous referendums on electoral reform in 2005 and 2009.
Horgan said the referendum will likely be B.C.'s last.
"I think we will have exhausted the public's interest in this issue," Horgan said.
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Clearly John Horgan has no "real" desire for electoral reform.. In 2005, 57.7% of the electorate had voted in favour of reform, including a majority of voters in 77 ridings out of 79.......So, in 2005 the majority wanted change, the threshold was set too high...in the 2009 referendum, the referendum was rigged..and Bill Tieleman(recognized as the voice of the NDP, a NDP pundit and lobbyist) led the campaign against electoral reform..over half of BC voters reported being not even aware of a 2009 referendum.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_electoral_reform_referendum,_2009

NDP spokesman in 2018 Bill Teileman campaigning against, with Horgan yawning his way through, with BC Liberals screaming no...with Postmedia pumping up the NO CHANGE campaign..

John Horgan and Justin Trudeau(remember Justin Trudeau's election promise on changing our electoral system, that was the first election promise Trudeau broke) have made a deal on Kinder Morgan, John Horgan's NDP Government will only give tepid lip service in opposing the project...John Horgan will use the meme...(Kinder Morgan and pipeline expansion is Federal Jurisdiction, legally I can't stop it) 

Horgan thinks he can sidestep grassroots opposition against his government over Kinder Morgan going through by claiming his hands were tied...just like he did with Site C...

Site C ...John Horgan had the power to stop Site C...as for stopping Kinder Morgan, he has no real power and since Horgan no longer has the fire in his belly to stop it, since he's chosen to swing the party to the right...Horgan believes he can deliver LNG, create a BC LNG industry where the BC Liberals couldn't...And that is where John Horgan believes he can make-up for losing BC's progressive voters, by replacing them with BC Liberal rightwing voters..

That is a "fools' errand".....John Horgan, in my opinion won't garner those votes...not unless he changes the party name because the name NDP is a dirty word to rightwing voters..

John Horgan has sent clear message to the party grassroots and "activist" base that he is taking the party to the right..

The "progressive" in John Horgan's Government has quickly turned into the regressive, to a 1950,s...to 1990's mindset..

Using the $14 billion dollar Site C hydroelectric energy produced to aid and abet the hydraulic fracking process(producing methane emitting fossil fuel for export)...

When the world is thundering towards cheap renewable power(s) John Horgan is embracing the fraud known as "Clean LNG"...

https://www.ecowatch.com/tesla-australia-battery-2520491667.html

https://www.ecowatch.com/electric-vehicle-news-2520451145.html

Even if a massive surge in electric car use happened it wouldn't require BC hydro to acquire new power..

Technology has already rendered Site C obsolete...BC NDP's new vision under John Horgan is to embrace the past, as in the 1950,s...methinks Horgan should really consider the early 2000,s too..in particular.. 2001...

Burning LNG...if it's so clean why does BC's Clean Energy Act prohibit British Columbia from using natural gas or LNG to produce electricity...

The pathetic word play, word salad our BC Government is engaging in....

BCUC could not consider using natural gas or LNG(Burrard Thermal) for producing power in their review...BCUC had to consider the costs of replacing Site C power(not needed power) with "other" forms of non-fossil fuel generated power...

And now..John Horgan has drank the LNG Koolaid...Site C power being used to Frack, and power up a natural gas/LNG industry, an industry so dirty that BC's own "Clean Energy Act", an act that John Horgan cites regularly, a BC Government Act that prevents it's use for power generation in BC..

That is too funny...

The meme John Horgan is going to use to justify his drive to make BC a LNG power will be...

(BC LNG will clean up China's airshed)

The same bullshit Christy Clark uttered...Site C power, the amount of power Site C will produce is not enough power to electrify the gas fields and 1 large coastal LNG liquefaction plant...

A great deal of power is required to do hydraulic fracking, but an even bigger, more enormous amounts of power are required to actually liquefy the natural gas...LNG liquefaction plants worldwide use natural gas to produce power for liquefaction..the reason being, is it not practical to build massive 12 $billion dollar hydroelectric dams for each and every large LNG liquefaction plant...

Site C power...as advertised by BC Hydro and the BC Government..."Site C will produce enough power to run 450,000 homes"...What BC Hydro and or the Government won't tell you is..

Site C will produce enough power for 1 large LNG liquefaction plant and one LNG plant only..

So...Site C power is to prop up a BC LNG industry...So John Horgan..What happens if we get a second, or third, or fourth LNG liquefaction plant?..are BC Taxpayers/BC Hydro ratepayers going to build more massive dam projects...not likely..

Two large LNG Liquefaction plants alone will cause BC's greenhouse gas emissions to rise by roughly 40%...

So, Premier Horgan is going to word salad us grassroots and progressive voters...Horgan is going to try and sell us this inane bafflegab..

When John Horgan and Trudeau sign LNG and diluted bitumen deals with China..

Horgan's "plan"..if BC's LNG industry does take off, each and every new LNG project beyond the first one(if it happens) as Site C is only enough power for one plant...Each additional LNG Liquefaction plant that is NOT provided BC Hydro taxpayer subsidized(free power) will increase BC's total greenhousgas emissions by 20%..one project, 20% increase in provincial emissions....

  
Without a Site C power supply for each and every LNG plant, BC's emissions skyrocket...

Site C power...Site C being pushed forward, a subsidy for an non-existent LNG industry...a subsidy being paid for by BC Hydro residential ratepayers...

So..Under John Horgan, he continues with the LNG fantasy..a fantasy that if comes true..any pretense of reducing provincial and Canada's emissions is over, how many more massively expensive hydroelectric projects can BCers afford to build?...We can't afford to build Site C, let alone more dam projects..

John Horgan in his interview with Alaska Highway News...Horgan stated that he has met with LNG Canada(Shell) CEO Andy Calitz...that's true..but what Horgan isn't saying about those meetings with LNG Canada and the BCLNGA is...The other list of demands LNG Canada has made, and expects before they make a final investment decision..

Andy Calitz/LNG Canada wants.....They want Canada(as in the federal Government) to remove the "dumping duties" they have imposed on Chinese and Korean steel products....Why does Andy Calitz and the LNG industry want these duties removed?..Because these BC Coastal proposed projects will have entire LNG plants, mainframes and near every component shipped to BC by barge,..and then assembled, in other words..Dumping duties imposed by Canada trade officials to protect Canadian steel industry must be removed....Race race race to the bottom...enjoy the John Horgan downhill slide into regression....Canadian manufacturers will be near completely shut out of any LNG industry....The LNG industry want dumping duties removed, they claim they can't afford to press forward on LNG projects if forced to pay Canadian Federal Government imposed duties..

Full-Stop..

If the LNG industry can't afford to pay duties on dumped steel projects how are we to believe there will be any profits for the owners of the resource(BCers)

Andy Calitz, CEO of LNG Canada wants more that that...Calitz wants reductions in local taxes, provincial taxes and federal taxes, they also want an exemption from any carbon tax increases and more...

Remember the LNG taxation framework the BC Liberals brought in, not the first framework LNG legislation(7%) that John Horgan's NDP opposition Party along with all the BC Liberals voted for, all voted yes..  not that framework, i'm talking about the BC Liberals second LNG taxation framework Act they brought to our legislature...after the LNG industry thoroughly rejected the first LNG framework..BC Liberals tore it up and gave near everything away..a framework so bad that every BC NDP MLA stood up in our legislature, called it a "generational sellout"..reduced it to 1.5%..

Every BC NDP MLA voted for it anyway, despite their diatribes, they pleaded and urged BC Liberals to vote against it..BC Liberals rammed it through..NDP echoed the BC Liberals ..like Lemmings..

Andy Calitz....CEO of LNG Canada wants that second LNG taxation framework ripped up and removed....Calitz wants the Australian LNG taxation model...That's the model where LNG companies never have to pay taxes, ever, a framework where they can fast-track plant build cost writeoffs...a framework where LNG companies can writeoff interest on offshore shady loans against any Australian taxes...

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......In addition to meeting one-on-one with Mungall last week, Calitz said he planned to meet with Premier John Horgan next month.
Asked if the Green Party’s opposition to the LNG industry concerned him, Calitz said it didn’t and pointed out that the official opposition – the Liberals – are fully supportive of an LNG industry.
The combination of the NDP (MLAs) and Liberal (MLAs) who support an LNG project and a new mega industry for British Columbia is good enough for me to move forward in British Columbia,” Calitz said.
The biggest hurdle for the project may be the question of tax competitiveness. The new NDP government plans to raise B.C.’s carbon tax from $30 per tonne to $35 per tonne, starting in the spring.
Calitz made it clear that it’s not carbon taxes per se that are the big concern. Rather, it’s the full suite of taxes, from the municipal to federal level, that need to be considered.
“There should be a tax on carbon,” Calitz said. “It’s not the first increment of $5 per tonne that scares me, but somehow we need an indication from the government as to where that will go.
We need the government of British Columbia specifically, but also the federal government, to take a last look at the fiscal tax competitiveness of Canada for an LNG project.
“This is an important but also a sensitive matter. We do not seek any form of subsidy at all. We pay our full tax burden. One of the conditions of the new government is that there should be a fair return and benefit for British Columbians. We will do that. We need them to look at the full complexity of federal, provincial, local and other taxes that we pay to say, ‘Does this still make sense? Is this still competitive?'”
One of the biggest criticisms from the industry’s standpoint of the former Liberal government’s tax and royalty regime for LNG was a special LNG tax, which companies in regions like the U.S. and Australia do not pay.
Asked if that LNG tax was something LNG Canada needs addressed, Calitz indicated it was.
“That is a subject we are discussing with the government,” he said.
Calitz said LNG Canada will submit a “decision support package” to all four companies in the joint venture in support of a final investment decision sometime in 2018.

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Here goes John Horgan.....Chasing unicorns, racing to the bottom....Will Andrew Weaver stop John Horgan....nope, Weaver will do nothing to harm, or bring down the Horgan Government until AFTER electoral reform referendum..

Anyway...As for Andy Calitz wanting BC, and Federal Canada to adopt Australia's LNG taxation model....Who wouldn't...Australia and Australian taxpayers are getting royally screwed..legally screwed through tax avoidance loopholes....Chevron and Shell have become masters of avoiding taxation..

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Chevron’s tax schemes: piping profits out of Australia?











The report was produced by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and endorsed by the Tax Justice Network – Australia.
Chevron’s tax practices, and those of other corporations, have huge implications for the living standards and public revenues to fund essential services in countries across the globe.
With US$197 billion in market capitalisation, Chevron is the world’s third largest and most profitable Oil & Gas Company – yet, Chevron has:
  • stashed over US$35 billion in un-taxed revenues in off-shore accounts
  • at least 600 shell companies -and likely hundreds more- registered in Bermuda and Delaware
  • set aside AUD$350 million to settle a tax avoidance lawsuit with the Australian Tax Office (ATO)
  • set up a new tax scheme, currently being audited, to reduce its tax bill by AUD$35 billion or more
  • amassed credits to avoid royalty payments on the Gorgon project, the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, for the first 8 years of operation or longer
  • had operating revenue in Australia every year since 2011 of over AUD$2.5 billion, but managed to receive over AUD$30 million in tax refunds
Additionally, Chevron’s own annual report reveals that tax filings have not been approved by the United States government since 2008; in Nigeria since 2000; Angola since 2001; Saudi Arabia since 2012 and Kazakhstan since 2007. Chevron is unable to estimate the tax it may be required to pay given the ongoing examinations by tax authorities in countries around the world.
Chevron’s Gorgon project in Western Australia -which also includes Shell, Exxon and several Japanese energy companies- is crucial to Chevron’s future growth and will make LNG Australia’s largest export.
The current ATO lawsuit against Chevron involves a high interest AUD$2.5 billion scheme between a Chevron subsidiary in the US state of Delaware -one of the world’s most used tax havens- and Chevron Australia between 2004 and 2008.
In 2009 Chevron created a new high interest AUD$35 billion ‘credit facility’ between Delaware and Australia. The result of this scheme is to reduce profits in Australia, where they might be taxed, and generate profits in Delaware, where they are not taxed. While operating revenues in Australia have increased by 15% since 2011, interest charges to the Delaware company have increased from 26% to 62% of operating revenue. As a result, profits in Australia have decreased by 83%. In 2014, Chevron Australia’s related party interest charges were more than five times greater than profits. It would be difficult to argue that this is not an intentional scheme to reduce profit and avoid taxes in Australia.
The tax avoided by Chevron’s latest scheme could be larger than Australia’s 2015-16 federal budget for education or more than half the budget for health.
Chevron’s aggressive tax avoidance schemes require much greater public scrutiny as billions of future tax revenues are at stake.
It is time to take action to level the playing field and make sure that companies like Chevron are paying their fair share.





http://www.world-psi.org/en/chevrons-tax-schemes-piping-profits-out-australia

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So fellow progressive voters...John Horgan will not admit the truth that Site C BC Hydro ratepayer funded project is being pushed forward to woo an LNG industry..an industry that wants to import entire LNG plants from China and South Korea to BC...an LNG industry that wants all three levels of government to reduce taxes, an industry that wants BC's "generational sellout" LNG taxation framework ripped up and removed, an industry that wants BC to adopt Australia's LNG taxation model, a model so full of holes, loopholes that big LNG will never pay their fair share..

This is what Andy Calitz and LNG Canada want from John Horgan...This is what they WILL RECEIVE FROM JOHN HORGAN'S GOVERNMENT....

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Everyone is a loser in Australia's LNG Boom


The LNG debacle provides a good test case of what's gone wrong. Australia is on track to overtake Qatar as the world's biggest exporter of shipped gas by 2019 -- but getting there hasn't been a success for the government or petroleum companies.

Canberra's revenues from its Petroleum Resource Rent Tax fell 60 percent to their lowest level since 1999 in the year through June 2016, despite a 50 percent increase in gas export volumes.

 Petroleum tax and royalty revenues per oil-equivalent barrel came to about 4.2 percent of the local price of crude -- the lowest share since 1990, and well below the 25-year average of 10.4 percent.

The dip is unlikely to be a blip. Thanks to the way the government allows expenses to be deducted before a project makes a taxable profit, it could be decades before the country starts to receive a better return on its mineral wealth. The vast sums spent building Australia's LNG projects have created a tax shield of carried-forward costs that was worth A$238 billion ($182 billion) in 2016, with the figure rising each year 5 percent faster than the yield on government debt


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Activists ....we are no longer welcome in John Horgan's political party...

John Horgan believes he is going to succeed where Christy Clark failed...John Horgan is bringing an LNG industry to B.C. regardless of the cost, the human cost, the ground water cost..the cost to the treasury, or to BC Hydro ratepayers..

John Horgan has shifted to the right...activists and issue savvy progressive voters are nothing but canon fodder for Horgan..

So fellow BCers...

John Horgan rolls the dice, sacrificing progressive voters in hopes of gaining traditional BC Liberal/Conservative rightwing voters..

Those of us who fought for fairness, fought for an intelligent government, those of us who tooted the one-time progressive BC NDP political party's horn for a longtime are now...

Garbage...stinky garbage bound for the refuse can..

Lastly....John Horgan hasn't blinked an eye on China's latest big moves in BC..buying up Site C's main builder..Aecon..and a few days ago..a Chinese holding company just bought one acre in Vancouver for $245 million dollars..

China now has it's teeth into Site C and...China has their teeth firmly clenched onto John Horgan's ass too..



Now that government activities under Horgan's NDP is already stinking up a storm...John Horgan wants you progressive, First Nations and "activist" voters to plug your noses and shut the hell up...




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