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Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Brief

 The Enbridge Northern Gateway project consists of two parallel pipelines between an inland terminal at Bruderheim, Alberta and a marine terminal near Kitimat, BC, each with a length of 1,177 kilometers (731 mi). Diluted bitumen (dilbit) produced from oil sands, would be transported from Bruderheim to Kitimat, while natural gas condensate would move in the opposite direction in a smaller pipeline.

  

A statistic from the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) states:   ‘’ It should also be noted that pipelines in Alberta have never been safer. In 2009, Alberta posted a record-low pipeline failure rate of 1.7 pipeline failures per 1,000 km of pipeline (considering all substances), bettering the previous record-low of 2.1 set in both 2008 and 2007.’’    Source

 Please see attachment for the full brief and a sample letter.

 

WILD PACIFIC SALMON: A THREATENED LEGACY

 By Jim Lichatowich, Rick Williams Bill Bakke, Jim Myron, David Bella, Bill McMillan Jack Stanford and David Montgomery

 

" .. Salmon are a part of nature’s trust, which creates a special obligation for the governmental agencies charged with their management. They must act as trustees of the wild salmon and protect them consistent with the long-standing public trust doctrine. Their obligation is to maintain the wild salmon legacy in good health for citizen beneficiaries of present and future generations. Salmon managers have abrogated that responsibility and have converted prudent management of the wild salmon to the production of commodities for the benefit of sport and commercial fisheries. This amounts to privatization of the trust."

The Roll of Hatcheries in Steelhead Management - Pollard 2013

The link below is for Pollard's Summary and Recommendations with regards to the roll of hatcheries in steelhead management. The PDF is from the Province of British Columbia's Ministry of Environment in 2013.

NHC BGC Seymour Slide Report

Attached below is an engineering report on the 2014 Slides in Seymour River, from the Seymour Salmonid Society.

BC LNG: A reality check

 

 
 
"  The BC Government has stated that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports will create a $100 billion dollar “Prosperity Fund” and eliminate the Provincial debt by 2028. Despite current Canadian gas production of just 12.7 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d), the National Energy Board (NEB) has approved LNG exports from BC of 14.6 bcf/d, with a further 3.4 bcf/d under review.
An analysis of gas production fundamentals in BC reveals that meeting the NEB export approvals would require drilling nearly 50,000 new wells in the next 27 years (double the approximately 25,000 wells drilled in BC since the 1950s). Given the steep production declines associated with shale- and tight-gas, drilling rates of more than 3,000 new wells per year would be required to ramp up production to required export levels, followed by nearly 2000 wells per year to maintain production. Notwithstanding the other well publicized environmental issues with hydraulic fracturing (fracking), which would be the principal completion technology used to produce this gas, water consumption alone during the ramp up phase would exceed that of the City of Calgary, which has more than a million people.
The NEB’s forecasts of gas production in BC through 2035 do not come close to the levels needed for its LNG export approvals. Its reference case forecast for BC is the production of 57 trillion cubic feet (tcf) by 2035, yet 120 tcf are required to meet its approvals (more than three times BC gas reserves). Furthermore, the NEB projects gas production to fall in all provinces except BC through 2035. As Canada’s energy regulator, with a responsibility for ensuring adequate future gas supplies for Canadians, the NEB does not appear to be meeting its mandate. It is uncertain how much of the approved export capacity will be built, but the public would be well advised not to count on an LNG bonanza.  By David Hughes