August 6, 2015
July 11th, 2015 was an overcast day that provided a dramatic backdrop for the gathering of boats at the south end of Bowyer Island in Howe Sound. The flotilla, organized by Concerned Citizens of Bowen and My Sea to Sky, was intended to bring focus to the possible LNG carrier route in Howe Sound and the public’s opposition to the proposed Woodfibre LNG project. To-date, the proponent Woodfibre LNG, the Provincial Government and the Federal Government have not provided satisfactory responses to the concerns of the public and communities opposed.
Transport Canada has yet to determine what specific regulations or conditions should be in place for LNG and is lagging behind the province in its timeline for ensuring LNG development is done safely in Canada. In the meantime it is possible that current projects could get the go ahead of the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office based on preliminary risk assessments. This puts the province and the proponents in a difficult situation should other authorities at a later date determine a higher standard for risk management and reduction. The 250 plus people that participated in the flotilla on the water have more concerns related to LNG development than just safety, but all agree B.C.’s Howe Sound is no place for an LNG facility as explained in this Globe and Mail Op-Ed July 17th.
The S.O.S. Rendezvous on the Water previously organized by the Future of Howe Sound Society was cancelled due to air quality concerns resulting from wildfire smoke that had filled the sound the week prior. The event will be rescheduled for next year.
Media coverage of the S.O.S. flotilla:
Bowen Island Undercurrent – Islanders Head into Howe Sound to Honk in Protest of LNG – July 16, 2015
Squamish Chief – Boaters Protest LNG – July 14, 2015