BIV – China’s clean-power needs paying dividends in B.C.

By Nelson Bennett
Nov. 24, 2015, 8:59 a.m.

Local companies back from China trade mission with multimillion-dollar deals signed

Never mind all the reports you might have read about all the opportunities that China presents for B.C. companies and technology, especially in the natural gas and clean-energy space.

For B.C. business leaders who took part in a massive trade mission to China earlier this month, a few days of breathing Beijing’s semi-solid air would have underscored just how bad China’s air pollution problem is.

And bad is good if you are in the clean-energy business.

“Clean energy is going to play such an important role as a result of everything from air quality to [greenhouse gases] and climate change issues,” said Greg D’Avignon, CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia.

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VANCOUVER SUN – Opinion: Working with First Nations brings benefits


There is an important conversation happening in communities across B.C. about liquefied natural gas.

By now, everyone is familiar with the opportunity. Take the vast reserves of natural gas we have in B.C.’s northeast, move it to the coast via pipeline and then export a liquefied form of the gas to overseas markets where it can fetch a much higher price than anywhere in North America.

It sounds simple. But in truth, it takes years of planning, research and negotiation to get from an idea to final execution. That is something we are seeing here in British Columbia, as proponents of LNG projects are going through all the work that is required before green lighting the billions in spending required for the infrastructure to export LNG.

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BIV – Fracking fears don’t hold water, think-tank claims

By Nelson Bennett
Nov. 3, 2015, Midnight

Gas wells pose little environmental threat, updated Fraser Institute report concludes

Should a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry take off in the province, the amount of hydraulic fracturing in northeastern B.C. will need to increase, which means the concerns associated with fracking would also grow.

A total of 23,000 natural gas wells have been drilled in B.C., according to the BC Oil and Gas Commission. The commission projects another 2,100 would need to be drilled in 2019 and another 1,100 by 2025 to supply an LNG industry.

Apart from the physical footprint and habitat loss that represents, critics fear increased fracking in B.C. would increase the risk of water pollution, induced seismic events (mini-earthquakes) and greenhouse gas emissions, the most troublesome being methane leaks.

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