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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb 25, 2013
Vancouver LNG Conference Promotes Fuel Worse Than Coal:
Rising Tide – Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories Backs Pipeline Blockade and Says Fracking a Climate Crime
VANCOUVER - “Promoting an energy source that is more carbon intensive than coal, is worse than irresponsible, it is a climate crime” says Eric Doherty, a member of Rising Tide “The BC government wants to massively expand fracking as global warming has gone from problem to immediate crisis.”
On February 25th and 26th the BC government will hold an international conference on liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Vancouver convention center. The conference aims to promote fracked shale gas to a global market and is a significant step in the government’s goal of having three LNG export facilities operating by 2020.
A recent study headed by scientists at Cornell University found that when the full effects of shale gas fracking are taken into account, especially methane leakage, the global warming effect is worse than burning coal over 20 years and comparable in the long term.
The proposed LNG plants in Kitimat depend on supply from the planned Chevron Pacific Trails fracking gas pipeline. The Unis’tot’en clan of the Wet'suwet'en Nation have for over a year maintained a blockade of the planned Chevron Pacific Trails fracking gas pipeline as it passes through their territory. They are committed to blocking all the pipelines – whether for tar sands bitumen or fracked gas – from passing through their territory in order to protect not just their territory but also the global climate.
The Fort Nelson First Nation, along with their allies in the farming communities of the Peace River region, face the brunt of the immediate environmental threats including water pollution and have taken the lead in raising the alarm over the threat in their area.
“The Rising Tide collective pledges its support to these front-line communities and urges other people of conscience to join with us in supporting the movement to stop fracking and begin the process of healing the earth and creating a future for our children” said Rising Tide member Maryam Adrangi.. “We condemn the LNG conference happening in Vancouver on February 25th and 26th for what it is: a gathering of climate criminals whose goals of massively expanding shale gas extraction in BC are a danger to everyone on Earth”.
Rising Tide Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories background statement on LNG expansion http://calamites.resist.ca/?p=329
The Cornell University study Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations is available at www.motherjones.com/files/04-11shale_gas_footprint_fulltextpdf.pdf
The Unist'ot'en Camp is a resistance community whose purpose is to protect sovereign Wet'suwet'en territory from several proposed pipelines from the Tar Sands Gigaproject and shale gas from Hydraulic Fracturing Projects in the Peace River Region. Find out more at http://unistotencamp.wordpress.com/ or email unistotencamp(at)riseup.net
The Fort Nelson First Nation Lands Department website is http://lands.fnnation.ca/