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imagesHowe Sound is one of the world’s most majestic outdoor playgrounds. An hour from Vancouver, orcas and dolphins arc alongside kayakers and commercial fishermen. Marine scientists study the unique underwater world. The Sea-to-Sky Highway `s breathtaking views are enjoyed by visitors from around the world.

This paradise continues to be  under threat.  Quick facts on Howe Sound

Fortis BC and Pacific Energy Corp. have entered into an agreement for FortisBC to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether or not the expansion of an existing gas pipeline is technically, environmentally, socially and economically feasible.

Woodfibre Natural Gas Ltd. has submitted a proposal to develop the Woodfibre site into an industrial LNG plant and shipping terminal.site80060crop-eng

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The Issue

On its own the proposed pipeline and LNG plant may seem a reasonable industrial undertaking in the area (albeit further cannibalizing any tourism or film and television industry efforts underway).  The added secured exclusion zones, increased safety risks, degradation of air and water quality, large LNG tankers, pipeline and gas liquification plant will further the precedent that Howe Sound is an industrial zone rather than a planned developed area adjacent to Metro Vancouver.

The cumulative effects will compound to have a negative impact on the area, unchecked industrial development led to the environmental issues in Howe Sound in the first place.  Its time for a plan we can all live with.

How you can help

Be informed, participate in the process and write to elected officials. Help us save Howe Sound for future generations, lets work together to create a plan we can all live with, a plan that draws tourists and renewable industries into a rich, viable, sustainable region.

Key Questions

  • What will be in the impact on the area permanently?   What will change in the landscape?
  • What areas of the Howe Sound will be off limits to the public?
  • What is the worst case scenario in the event of an earthquake or gas leak?
  • Is there sufficient emergency services to respond to an emergency?
  • What would be the impact on air quality in our airshed?
  • What impact will this have on our ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
  • What will be the impacts of noise on the marine life, on the residents around Woodfibre?
  • What will be the impact on property values?
  • What will be the benefits to taxpayers?  What will the legacy costs be?
  • Will there be light at night?
  • Will there be any noise?

Woodfibre LNG has produced a Community Consultation Guide which contains responses to some of these questions above.

(Please forward any info, errors, omissions to info@futureofhowesound.org )
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3 Responses so far.

  1. Will we really allow the Lovely Ambiance of Howe Sound to fall back into the “Dark Ages of Industrial Activity” without the knowledge of how to protect it from future Natural and Man-Made Disasters?
    Howe Sound has come a long way on the return path to Pristine Natural Life. Globally, People now recognize its prolific wealth in living organisms and relish a visit to this Clean Corner of the Pacific Ocean. I’ve spoken to People from most every Country and Region of the World, over the past few years on Bowen Island and without a miss, they have all offered this to be a Lovely, Peaceful, Natural, most psychologically, spiritually, rejuvenating Destination.

    Do they come to see Mega Ocean Tankers loaded with Toxic Gas? It never came up in the conversations.
    No. I’m sure Howe Sound is doing just fine as it is. Natural and A Wonder of Life, Circa 2015.
    Article by Carmen Charles Rudd. (Fine Artist and Global Humanitarian Relief Worker).

  2. Robert Dingle says:

    This LNG proposal is a betrayal of the Squamish title, “Adventure Capitol of the World”. What will the two million tourists think when they see LNG tankers instead of Orcas? This just confirms the fact that Canada is one of the world’s worst polluters. Thank Stephen Harper and Christy Clark for that legacy!

  3. Jorden Arsenault says:

    I am deeply concerne by the proposal for an LNG plant in Howe Sound. The economic benefits seem miniscule compared to the inumerable environmental benefits of the area (sailing, fishing, wildlife watching etc.). Please refrain from promoting or developing such hanous projects that only have minimal short term benefits.

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