Woodfibre LNG's owner not up to Canada's "highest ethical standards"

March 20, 2016
Eoin Finn

The Federal Government has decided to grant environmental approval for the Woodfibre LNG plant in Howe Sound. Critics of the project have long pointed to the alarming environmental and human rights record of businesses owned by Woodfibre’s owner, Indonesian billionaire Sukanto Tanoto. They question why, given such public commitment to pursuing the highest ethical standards, our government is handing over the future of this iconic place to a company controlled by an individual with such dubious ethical standards.

"For LNG, I believe the same three ground rules apply as when I was in office. Workers must see good-paying jobs, communities must see real benefits and we can never compromise when it comes to our environment.”

Mike Harcourt, former Premier of BC, Vancouver Sun op-ed, March 22, 2015

Documented1 examples of Mr. Tanoto’s companies’ actions include:

We believe that granting Mr. Tanoto’s Woodfibre LNG use of Howe Sound’s environment is inconsistent with ethical standards espoused by this Government.

- My Sea to Sky


1. http://www.nationalobserver.com/2015/06/03/news/bc-under-pressure-cut-lng-deal-notorious-asian-billionaire

2. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/10/asian-logging-companies-british-islands-tax-havens

3. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/10/asian-logging-giant-tax-labyrinth-british-virgin-islands

4.https://www.facebook.com/myopenlettertosukantotanoto/videos/vb.537380416363975/796714490430565/?type=2&theater and http://www.redd-monitor.org/2013/03/05/indonesian-pulp-giant-april-is-bulldozing-indigenous-community-forests/

5. https://ic.fsc.org/en/news/id/454

6. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/april-walks-away-from-the-fsc/blog/45634/

7. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/indonesias-palm-oil-economy-drives-human-fortunes-and-orangutan-misfortunes/

8. http://www.insideindonesia.org/ecotourism-can-it-save-the-orangutans

9. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/HJ14Ae01.html