We hear industry leaders and their government spokesepersons say that we need to get this gas out to foreign markets immediately. Why this urgency? That gas has been there for eons, and if it is such a good and necessary thin g, maybe future generations of Canadians could use it; perhaps even more wisely.
Sending this gas to Asia will require drilling and fracing a huge number of new wells. As these wells become economically unprofitable they will be abandoned, but will continue to leak very toxic substances. The by-products of these wells become more hazardous as they deplete beyond economic viability. Our provincial ‘orphan well ‘ fund has only enough cash to remediate a small handfull of abandoned and suspended wells. Alberta already has several thousand such wells, which no one knows how to deal with. Do we have the right to push such a huge problem onto the future?
Consider also, the rights of our First Nations. Our courts and governments have recognized Native rights and sovereignty and governance over unceded traditional territory, yet our government and foreign corporations assume that they can do whatever, whenever they choose on those lands.
The Coastal Gas Link project requires billions of dollars of tax payers’ money in subsidies to proceed. Is it wise to spend our money to further enrich foreign wealthy entities at the expense of our natural environment and the legal rights of our original citizens?