Can't trust Woodfibre LNG
Corruption. Illegal donations. Profit shifting and tax avoidance. Pollution disasters. Human rights violations. Animal rights violations, and more...
Will increase fracking
85% of BC’s gas is fracked. Woodfibre LNG will increase fracking in Treaty 8 territories, with major impacts to water, climate, and human health.
LNG is a climate disaster
LNG is a fossil fuel that creates more greenhouse gases than coal. New LNG infrastructure will lock in extreme climate pollution for decades.
Puts residents at risk
If you live within 1.6 km of the LNG tanker route, you are at risk of death by asphyxiation, fire, or explosion if an accident happens.
Underwater noise, light pollution, and habitat destruction threaten herring, endangered Chinook salmon, and southern resident orcas.
Not financially viable
Woodfibre LNG cannot survive without $50 million a year in government subsidies and tax breaks. That’s $500,000 per job per year. That's ridiculous.
Woodfibre LNG is a proposed fracked gas (aka methane) export facility located 7km southwest of Squamish, BC. This project will increase fracking, lock in climate pollution, put residents at risk, and threaten the recovery of Howe Sound.
However, this project is not a done deal. There are key approvals and permits necessary before this project can proceed.
Sign the petition to end this project for good:SIGN THE PETITION
Here's what we can expect from Woodfibre LNG:
Decreased housing availability and affordability, increased violent crime, traffic accidents, and strain on emergency services.
Woodfibre LNG is proposing a floating work camp for 600 workers, while FortisBC is proposing a work camp for 650 workers. Studies have shown that workcamps such as these have significant impacts on nearby communities. The District of Squamish has budgeted an additional $470,000 in policing costs specifically for to this project.
1,600 cubic metres of effluent dumped into Howe Sound every day.
Maximum daily discharge during construction could reach 30,000 cubic meters — enough to fill 12 Olympic sized swimming pools. This effluent could contain heavy metals, dioxins and furans, total suspended solids, and pH exceeding Canadian guidelines required for protection of marine life.
A 9 kilometer pipeline tunnel under the Squamish Estuary, a Wildlife Management area.
FortisBC will be using bentonite slurry to tunnel bore, a substance that can pollute soil and surface water. Bentonite slurry can be deadly for fish due to increasing suspended sediments and levels of toxic heavy metals that can bioaccumulate.
Flaring at Woodfibre LNG could increase premature birth rates by 50%.
A recent study showed that people living within five kilometers of one flare operating for ten days during pregnancy were 50% more likely to experience pre-term birth and shorter gestation, compared with no exposure. Woodfibre LNG estimates that its 115-metre high flare stack will be in operation 11 days per year. 7,500 migratory songbirds died after flying into a flare stack in Fort St John in 2013.
Exposing seals and sea lions to sound levels loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss.
The LNG export project was granted permission to go back on environmental conditions it was bound to upon approval in 2016. This means that Woodfibre LNG is reducing the monitoring area for sea lions and seals from 7,322 m to 125 m during construction. At this proximity, seals and sea lions will be exposed to underwater sound levels exceeding 160 decibels; louder than shotgun blasts or rocket lift-offs. For reference, 120 decibels is the level at which permanent hearing damage occurs on human ears. Studies have also shown that underwater noise pollution threatens the survival of fish; the health of which entire ecosystem of Howe Sound depends on.
Increased whale ship strikes.
Shipping related to new LNG export terminals in BC is projected to increase whale deaths from ship strikes, particularly humpback whales and fin whales. A peer-reviewed study is predicting six times as many humpback whale ship-strike deaths in the Great Bear Sea once LNG Canada is operational.
An emergency anchorage threatens glass sponge reef habitat.
Kwum Kwum (the Defense Islands) has been named an emergency anchorage location for LNG tankers. This area is critical habitat for invaluable and endangered glass sponge reefs in Howe Sound.
Woodfibre LNG is owned by Sukanto Tanoto, a notorious billionaire who holds the “dubious distinction of being the single largest driver of deforestation in the world”.
Woodfibre LNG will lock in climate pollution for decades.
Woodfibre LNG’s “Roadmap to net zero” only focuses on local emissions, ignoring upstream emissions from fracking; and downstream emissions from shipping, regasification, and final consumption; not to mention the fugitive methane leaking into the atmosphere at every step.
70-100 tanker transits per year.
The proposed LNG carrier route runs along the shore of West Vancouver and through Howe Sound, cutting across three BC Ferries routes.
What you can do:
Amnesty International (2016) Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Gender, Indigenous Rights, and Energy Development in Northeast British Columbia, Canada.
Kevin Maimann (2018) Link between rural work camps and violence against women is real, researchers say. The Star Edmonton, published 2018-12-04
Northern Health (2018) Health and Safety During the Opioid Overdose Emergency:Northern Health’s Recommendations for Industrial Camps. Office of Health and Resource Development. Version 1.5. August 2018.
Northern Health (2017) Communicable Disease Control Plan Best Management Guide for Industrial Camps. Office of Health and Resource Development. Version 2.2. July 2017.
Secwepemcul'ecw Assembly (2019) What are man camps? Accessed 2019-04-20
"“Camp culture” has been reported to exacerbate isolation, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, misogyny, and racism among the men living there. Away from family, friends, and social supports, these men face stressful, difficult, and potentially dangerous working conditions, including long hours, shift work, and ‘two-week in, two-week out’ work schedules. In this environment, and with heightened disposable incomes, increased substance abuse is well documented."
Clarice Eckford and Jillian Wagg (2014) The Peace Project: Gender Based Analysis of Violence against Women and Girls in Fort St. John. Prepared for the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.
Joanna Smith (2016) Fort St. John 'a dangerous place for our women,’ indigenous activist says. The Star, published 2016-04-03
Peter Rugh (2013) Inside Fracking's 'Man Camps', Where Sex, Drugs, and Gonorrhea Run Rampant. Motherboard, published 2013-10-18
BC Energy Regulator Report
Woodfibre LNG initially planned to begin construction in 2015 and be operational by 2017. People power has successfully delayed construction by eight years so far, and shovels are yet to get in the ground.
Coordinated key stakeholders to respond to Woodfibre LNG’s application for a Crown Water Lease.
Mobilized local governments to reiterate opposition to Woodfibre LNG through the application for a five-year extension to its environmental assessment certificate.
Delivered the Howe Sound Declaration with over 18,600 signatures to key Ministers, MPs, and MLAs.
We worked with local residents to stop the proposed LandSea workcamp at Britannia Beach.
My Sea to Sky was featured at VIMFF, sharing our story to a packed audience and applauded by David Suzuki for our work.
After sharing concerns about the impacts of seawater cooling on herring and other wildlife, Squamish Nation forced Woodfibre LNG to switch to air cooling, improving the project design.
1,600+ people boycotted the Environmental Assessment process to draw attention to illegal donations from Woodfibre LNG staff to the BC Liberal government, which threatens the integrity of the process.
We called out Woodfibre LNG for making a fake Final Investment Decision two days before the BC Liberal Convention.
Skwomesh Action hosted a demonstration on the Stawamus Waterfront to stand with water protectors everywhere in opposition to LNG development.
We made it easy to participate in the Environmental Assessment process and generated the most public comments of any assessment, twice, with more than 1,300 comments.
Municipal Councils and Regional Districts around Howe Sound passed resolutions stating strong opposition to the proposed Woodfibre LNG project.
We stopped FortisBC from drilling test boreholes in the Squamish estuary.
We stopped the District of Squamish from accepting a $2 million tax agreement with Woodfibre LNG (now valued at $7-9 million).
We held our first demonstration, which made Premier Christy Clark cancel a visit to Squamish.
Join us at the Vancouver Climate Strike this Friday
More than 120,000 people marched at the 2019 Global Climate Strike in Vancouver. Photo: Chris Yakimov … The climate crisis is here. We’re in the middle of the worst wildfire season in history, and B.C. faces a historic drought. Enough is enough.Read more
Fracked Up: How will Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC impact Squamish?
Let's be honest: Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC are doing a terrible job of engaging the community in Squamish. A lot of the discussions are happening behind closed doors, and there is little transparency about what is planned.Read more
The Federal emissions cap must include LNG
Last week we met with MP Patrick Weiler to call on him to support a strong emissions cap that includes LNG. This is a critical piece of Federal legislation that could help stop Woodfibre LNG in its tracks. It was a beautiful day, with 20 people joining us from across the riding:Read more
Join the May 25 Day of Action for a Bold Emissions Cap!
With floods, heat waves, and wildfires hitting our communities, it’s clear we can’t afford to delay climate action. That's why we're joining LeadNow’s Day of Action for a bold emissions cap. Join us on Thursday, May 25, at your MP's office to call for a bold emissions cap that includes LNG!Read more
Take Action! Stop Woodfibre LNG from polluting Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound
Urgent! Woodfibre LNG is trying to weaken environmental regulations related to underwater noise, water quality, and sediment quality to avoid taking responsibility for its pollution.Read more
This Thursday! Woodfibre LNG public info session
Woodfibre LNG has applied to dump toxic effluent into Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound. Heads ups! Woodfibre LNG has applied to the BC Energy Regulator for a permit to dump thousands of tonnes of effluent into Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound. That's over 233 Olympic swimming pools of effluent every year.Read more
Help us reach 25,000 signatures to stop Woodfibre LNG
We have been collecting signatures on the petition to stop Woodfibre LNG since 2014, through conversations with friends and neighbours, at events, and farmers markets.Read more
This Thursday! FortisBC public info session
My name is Katie Perkins, and I have been volunteering with My Sea to Sky since 2019. This year I am excited to take on the role of Youth Outreach Coordinator. This Thursday, FortisBC is hosting a public information meeting to answer questions related to the workcamp and the construction yard.Read more
Strike One for Woodfibre LNG!
Strike One! Non-compliance warning … After starting construction without notice, Woodfibre LNG has been issued a warning that the project is non-compliant with the Environmental Assessment Certificate notification and submission requirements, and twelve of its conditions.Read more
Important! Can you join us this Thursday in Vancouver?
My name is Siobhan Winters, and I've recently joined the My Sea to Sky team as their Social Media Coordinator. I have always been passionate about the wilderness and wildlife.Read more
Last chance! Stop Woodfibre LNG from harming seals and sea lions
Last chance to submit a public comment! Today is your last chance to submit a comment via the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) website. Deadline:Read more
Three days left to stop Woodfibre LNG from harming seals and sea lions
Only three days left to submit a public comment! Thank you to everyone that has sent a letter to Minister Guilbeault so far, to stop Woodfibre LNG from exposing seals and sea lions to underwater noise equivalent to shotgun blasts.Read more
Stop Woodfibre LNG from harming seals and sea lions
Woodfibre LNG wants to expose seals and sea lions to underwater noise that is equivalent to repeated shotgun blasts. How is this happening?Read more
Tell Woodfibre LNG + FortisBC we still say NO!
Happy New Year! 2023 is going to be a big one, and it's more important than ever to stand together to hold Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC accountable. Can you join us before work on Tuesday for a peaceful demonstration? WHEN: 8:30am to 9:00am, Tuesday 24th January … WHERE:Read more
Our successes in 2022
As the year draws to a close, let's take a moment to reflect on a year of action. My Sea to Sky is a small organization with a big heart. We have an outsized impact, and our success is due in no small part to you—our amazing community. Here are a few of our key successes in 2022...Read more
Heart of Howe Sound: the Paddleboarders
Paddleboarding on the waters of Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound has allowed me to have such an intimate perspective of this unique ecosystem. The paddleboard is the perfect tool to connect to the environment, and experience the breathtaking beauty and return of wildlife to the sound.Read more
Heart of Howe Sound: the Swimmer
I started swimming in Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound while training for my English Channel swim crossing in 2017, and I've absolutely fallen in love with the area. It's so close to Vancouver, yet these are some of the most desolate and wild places I’ve ever swam.Read more
Woodfibre LNG is evicting families in Squamish
Woodfibre LNG is evicting families in Squamish … Woodfibre LNG is about to evict 30+ families from the Sirocco One building in downtown Squamish. We already have a housing crisis in Squamish, and Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC are about to make it worse.Read more
Pipeline construction starting in February 2023
When Russia invaded Ukraine, everything changed overnight. Woodfibre LNG—which had essentially stalled—is now on a fast-track to construction, capitalizing on the gas crisis in Europe to beg for more government handouts and push through key permits. We need to respond, and quickly.Read more
F is for fires, floods, and fossil fuels
Take action! Help us to recruit more signatories … In September 2021, a diverse coalition of 200 organizations and businesses published an open letter calling on the BC government to commit to ten urgent climate actions to confront the climate emergency.Read more
No More Stolen Sisters
Tomorrow is the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation women and girls invite you to join us for a candle-lit vigil to remember and honour the victims, survivors, and families of this ongoing genocide. No More Stolen Sisters … WHEN:Read more
Two events to support Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation members
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Commemoration honouring our children and survivors … The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation would like to invite everyone to gather as a community to honour, remember, and pay respect to the Survivors of Residential School & those who never made it home.Read more
Why Woodfibre LNG + FortisBC's workcamps need to be an election issue
The last few months I've read through thousands of pages of documents from the environmental assesment for the FortisBC pipeline. What I discovered is that the impacts of a work camp located in the community of Squamish have never been assessed .Read more
This Thursday! Fracking the Peace + expert panel on Woodfibre LNG
This Thursday in Squamish, join us for a FREE community screening of Fracking the Peace, a powerful new documentary telling the story of community members living on Treaty 8 territory in Northeastern B.C. whose daily lives, homes, environment, and health have been changed by fracking in the region.Read more
Now for your worst nightmare: Enbridge has invested in Woodfibre LNG
Earlier this year, we suspected that Woodfibre LNG had made another fake "final investment decision" in a desperate gamble to drum up investors. Unfortunately, their gamble has paid off. Last Friday, Enbridge announced that it had bought a 30% stake in Woodfibre LNG.Read more
Trigger warning: work camps are linked to increased sexual violence
Trigger warning: this email contains information about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Please take care of yourself and prioritize your wellbeing.Read more
Don't miss these! FortisBC's workcamp and North Crumpit info sessions
Local residents are expressing alarm after learning that FortisBC wants to put a construction yard near their neighbourhood. Residents are concerned about dust, noise pollution, light pollution, air pollution, traffic, waste disposal issues, and many other potential impacts.Read more
Good news! BC cancels its biggest fossil fuel subsidy
Last week the BC Government announced that it was cancelling BC's biggest fossil fuel subsidy: the Deep Well Royalty Credit. This handout to fracking companies has cost British Columbians billions in lost royalties. Billions that could have been used to fund better healthcare and better schools.Read more
They're back... Woodfibre LNG is presenting to Bowen Island Municipality
Woodfibre LNG is presenting to Bowen Island Municipality this Tuesday at 6:40pm (see agenda). Our friends at Concerned Citizens Bowen are organizing a demonstration to welcome them as they arrive, to make it clear that Bowen Island still says no to Woodfibre LNG.Read more
Woodfibre LNG's desperate gamble
Woodfibre LNG has made another fake "final investment decision." In March, Woodfibre LNG announced a budget of CAD $625 million to the District of Squamish, with $25 million designated for preconstruction and site cleanup in Squamish, and the rest for engineering, procurement…Read more
Calling all Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound youth!
Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound Art Challenge … Calling all students! To celebrate World Oceans Day, students from K–12 are invited to submit artwork with the theme, Revitalization: collective action for the ocean. The ocean connects, sustains, and supports us all.Read more
How will FortisBC's workcamp impact Squamish and Howe Sound?
This is ludicrous. FortisBC is proposing a workcamp for 600 workers right in the middle of Squamish. The site is proposed up near Quest University and will be accessed via Mamquam Forest Service Road (near Valleycliffe).Read more
Citizens tell Woodfibre LNG + FortisBC "no fracking way!"
Last week, Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC appeared as delegations before the District of Squamish.Read more
They're back... Woodfibre LNG + FortisBC are presenting to council this Tuesday
Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC are presenting to the District of Squamish this Tuesday at 1pm (see agenda).Read more
Our successes in 2021
This is one of my favourite places in the world: the Stawamus River. Right now the coho are spawning, and there are salmon-coloured eggs buried in the river bed, American dippers hunting for them, and dead salmon frozen on the banks—if the eagles and bears haven't gotten to them first.Read more
Woodfibre LNG fall update 2021
It's a façade of slow progress... It took nearly a year for Woodfibre LNG to announce a new president, Christine Kennedy, previously the Deputy Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness; and before that the Associate Deputy Minister in BC's Office of the Premier.Read more
Help us end BC's biggest fossil fuel subsidy for good!
Thanks to massive public pressure, the BC NDP have launched a Royalty Review to evaluate subsidies for fracking companies. This is a critical opportunity to end Deep Well Royalty Credits—one of BC's biggest fossil fuel subsidies.Read more
Is Woodfibre LNG on the rocks? Read this summer update
Overview of Woodfibre LNG's updated site layout. It's been a bad few months to be an oil and gas exec... LNG's public image as a "climate solution" has shifted to "climate disaster" and rightly so. Many LNG projects are pulling the plug:Read more
Sukanto Tanoto's companies face accusations of profit shifting and tax evasion
The owner of Woodfibre LNG, Sukanto Tanoto, Howe Sound's unwelcome, wannabe neighbour is in tax trouble again. Why? Because Tanoto's pulp and paper company, APRIL, has been accused of profit shifting to reduce its tax bill in Indonesia. The report, titled "The Macao Money Machine" notes:Read more
Woodfibre LNG Fall Update 2020
If Woodfibre LNG goes ahead, there will be 70–100 LNG tankers transiting Howe Sound every year. Here's the latest update on Woodfibre LNG: Sukanto Tanoto's pulp and paper company, APRIL, is facing profit-shifting accusations to reduce its tax bill in Indonesia.Read more
Our plan to overturn Woodfibre LNG's five-year extension
Our very first demonstration to #StopWoodfibreLNG in 2014. Photo: Desiree Wallace … I remember our very first demonstration to #StopWoodfibreLNG, in May 2014. Over a hundred of us lined up along the highway and cars honked in support as they drove by.Read more
Celebrating small successes
District of Squamish council votes to ratify the motion not to support a five-year extension of the Environmental Assessment Certificate for Woodfibre LNG unless they can meet IPCC climate targets. Councillors Eric Andersen, John French, and Doug Race voted in opposition. WE DID IT!Read more
Good news! Squamish does not support an extension for Woodfibre LNG
Comparing greenhouse gas emissions for the entire community of Squamish in 2017, with the projected local greenhouse gas emissions that Woodfibre LNG and the FortisBC compressor station will emit every year.Read more
Woodfibre LNG has delayed construction... again!
Woodfibre LNG has delayed construction till summer 2021. But here's the kicker... they're using COVID-19 as an excuse to get a five-year extension on their Environmental Assessment (EA) Certificate. Woodfibre LNG has delayed construction till summer 2021. But here's the kicker...Read more
TAKE ACTION! Five days left to comment on Woodfibre LNG's floatel
Mock-up of the "floatel" at Woodfibre LNG. Only it won't look like this idyllic picture; it's a flatbed barge with ATCO trailers on top. Imagine what Squamish will be like if 600 cashed-up, mostly male workers that don't have a connection to our community come into town?Read more
They're back! A critical moment to #StopWoodfibreLNG
The proposed floating storage units at Woodfibre LNG, made of two 40-year old retrofitted LNG tankers that are already at the end of their lifespan. We just found out that Woodfibre LNG, FortisBC, and the BC Oil and Gas Commission are presenting to the District of Squamish this Tuesday!Read more
Help us make Woodfibre LNG an election issue
Last week I felt so inspired to be a part of history as over 7 million people took to the streets for the global climate strike. One thing is crystal clear: we need to do everything we can to stop new fossil fuel development like Woodfibre LNG if we want to solve our climate emergency.Read more
Woodfibre LNG has lost its biggest customer!
What a difference a week makes! Last Friday we were feeling a bit down in the dumps. Why? Because the Federal Government announced that they were exempting Woodfibre LNG from paying the 48% on imported steel tariffs. This is yet another subsidy for Woodfibre LNG worth half a billion dollars!Read more
Will you take action to stop Woodfibre LNG?
We've been paying close attention to Woodfibre LNG, and the rumours are concerning. Here's the scoop: according to one of our sources, Woodfibre LNG is planning to award it's construction contract by the end of March, and begin construction by the end of June.Read more
Why Woodfibre LNG still needs to be an election issue in 2018
Many people have been arguing that Woodfibre LNG should not be an election issue, however here are four reasons why we believe it needs to be: 1. Municipal taxes … Woodfibre LNG (WLNG) has refused to discuss municipal taxes with the District of Squamish.Read more
Review of Woodfibre LNG's effluent discharge application by Dr. Vicki Marlatt
MS2S to BC Energy Regulator re: Review of Woodfibre LNG's Wastewater Discharge Authorization application
MS2S to IAAC re WLNG amendment to conditions 3.8 and 6.4
DoS to FortisBC re FortisBC workcamp Temporary Use Permit application
MS2S to DoS re FortisBC workcamp amendment
MS2S to BC EAO re FortisBC workcamp amendment process
MS2S to BC EAO re: Woodfibre LNG's proposed five-year extension
MS2S to BC EAO re: Documenting boycott of Woodfibre LNG's public comment period
MS2S to BC EAO re: WLNG selective stakeholder meeting
MS2S to BC EAO re: WLNG cooling change
MS2S to NEB re: WLNG application to export LNG for 40 years
Eoin Finn presentation to expert panel reviewing Environmental Assessment process
Tracey Saxby presentation to expert panel reviewing Environmental Assessment process
MS2S to Minister George Heyman re: Provincial review of professional reliance
BC EAO to MS2S re: Response to MS2S boycott of Woodfibre LNG's public comment period
MS2S to FLNRO re: Woodfibre LNG's Crown water lot lease