Newsletter: LNG and natural gas leaders honoured

Our Alliance chair, Chief Crystal Smith, and Alliance CEO Karen Ogen-Toews, were named by Business in Vancouver as among influential BC leaders in the natural gas sector.

Also honoured: Bryan Cox, president and CEO of the Canadian LNG Alliance; Roger Dall’Antonia, president and CEO of Fortis BC; Susannah Pierce, who joined LNG Canada in 2013 as a Shell secondee and now is Shell’s country chair for Canada and general manager of renewables and energy solutions in Canada; and Leigh Ann Shoji-Lee, president of Pacific Northern Gas.

Find out more, and with whom they share honours — BIV’s ‘500 of the most influential business leaders in BC’:

Doctors, nurses: the wrong prescription

The picture above is a billboard posted by a small group of doctors and nurses in BC, opposing the use of fracking, and of natural gas from LNG to cooking in your home or restaurant.

We won strong interest and traction with our online blog that corrected their errors, and noted the size of the group:

“The new doctors’ and nurses’ initiative in BC is signed by 36 people who identify themselves as doctors (out of the more than 6,300 in BC) and by 16 who say they are nurses (out of the more than 38,000 in the province.)”

As we and BC scientist Blair King noted: “A campaign by some BC doctors and nurses against gas and LNG is another example of ‘a small number of practitioners presenting their anecdotal observations to the public.’ That’s not science.

  • Another popular blog: Federal money helps First Nations, but it is far from everything. Canada can and must do better. From Ken Coates of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute: ly/RQWV50FPhWg

Coming up Sept. 22: Guide to Benefit Agreements

Our fourth Outreach session will introduce you to, and discuss, our coming Guide to Benefit Agreements. It’s a tool designed to help First Nations sort through the ins and outs and issues around Benefit Agreements, and build understanding of them.

Speakers will be Dr. Priya Bala-Miller of Palmyra Partners Consulting Inc., Dr. Kevin Hanna of the Centre for Environmental Assessment Research at UBC, and Rick Krehbiel, policy and special assignments expert for the Alliance.

Do join them online on Sept. 22, from noon to 1:15pm PDT. We’ll post more info on our social-media channels as the date gets closer.

The Alliance’s third outreach session, on 29 July, drew participants from BC and Alberta, and focused on local governments’ roles in economic reconciliation with First Nations. Read the panelists’ comments

Friends’ events

  • Registration is open for the Generate 2021 Conference and First Nations Energy Summit: Early-bird rate ends Sept. 8.
  • The draft program for the 6th Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference (in Nanaimo in October) now is online: (Registration opens after Sept. 7)
  • Kitimat and Terrace residents are invited to apply for the Introduction to Industrial Construction Boot Camp 2, a four-week introduction to construction trades. Deadline to apply is Sept. 7. More info:
  • Calling women across Northwest BC: Ready to train and move into a new career? Gear Up includes industry skills-training funds for you to specialize. New group starts Sept. 13:

 And a reminder:

  • Federal/provincial reviewers hold virtual info sessions on the Ksi Lisims LNG project (proposed by the Nisga’a Nation and partners). The sessions are Sept. 8, 5pm – 6:30pm PDT, and Sept. 9, 7pm – 8:30pm PDT. Info:

Also in the news

  • LNG Canada installed the roof on its giant storage tank at Kitimat. And it was an air-raising story: ly/L67D50FXvX5
  • Coastal GasLink now has more than 4,500 people on the job and that’s expected to grow into the fall. The latest construction update: http://ly/XokW50FVqJS
  • There is still an incredible opportunity for Canadian LNG projects, especially Indigenous-led ones like Cedar LNG and Ksi Lisims LNG, to move forward:
  • Pieridae Energy says the Goldboro LNG project in Nova Scotia is not dead yet, and it considers a floating plant. ly/8bfj50FQ5Em
  • Petronas (a 25% partner in LNG Canada) delivers its first carbon-neutral #LNG shipment, from Malaysia to Japan: ly/o9Xh50FTn0K
  • The world’s appetite for LNG is expected to grow by 3.4% a year through 2035, outpacing other fossil fuels: ly/pDdG50FNOnh

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