The old fart’s top news story of today is about the Great Canadian LNG Hoax. Let me begin by saying that I consider liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be both the evil twin of oil, and a horrifying major part of the petrofication of Canada (the horrendous control of an entire nation by fossil fuel industries). Now I know that the public has been hoodwinked into believing that LNG is a ‘clean’ fuel (especially those of us older folks with graying and diminishing hair), but it really isn’t.
LNG Is Not A Clean Fuel
You see, ‘clean’, by government’s definition, just means that it won’t kill us near as quickly from air pollution. However it will kill us even more quickly by poisoning the world’s rapidly diminishing supplies of clean, fresh drinking water, also known as Canada’s “Blue Gold”. And just so you know, in order to obtain the gas to liquefy, it take about a million gallons of fracking fluids to extract the first liter. Adversely, just a thimble full of the poisonous fracking fluid will contaminate over a million gallons of clean water.
Fracking Requires Poisoning Fresh Water
Most fracking fluid is made up of pure, clean drinking water mixed with a toxic cocktail of poisons to create a substance that fractures rock to allow the release of gas pockets. While the majority of the water used for fracking needs to be fresh, a percentage can be ‘brown’ or ‘brackish’ (reused). Once fracking begins, it produces ‘flowback‘, the overflow of fracking fluids back up and onto the ground. This flowback is required to be placed into holding ponds until it can be shipped to a designated BC government ‘contaminated fluid containment facility’. Sounds awesome, right? Well, it’s not.
BC Stores Contaminated Fracking Fluids In Deep Rock Wells
Placing highly contaminated fluids into holding ponds allows the poisons to leech into the soil, which allows the poisons to eventually go deep enough to reach the water table. Once they do, the clean water becomes so toxic that it can literally be set on fire, as seen in areas in northern BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. And those government ‘containment facilities’ where the fluids are shipped to? Well, when the poisons that weren’t pumped into a local stream or river arrive, they’re cleverly pumped into ‘deep rock containment wells’ to keep them from doing any further harm. That’s right folks, they put fluids that fracture rock into rock wells in order to keep them from fracturing rock and finding their way into clean water tables. Genius, eh? And the fluids that did not flow back are left at the sites to leech into water tables and continue to fracture rock forever.
Fracking Fluids Left In Ground Continue To Fracture
Now to move the extracted gas to markets, it’s sent through pipelines to a port facility, and the biggest LNG port project in Canada is called LNG Canada. But it’s not what its name infers. LNG Canada is not part of the BC or Canadian government in any way, shape or form. It’s a massive and incredibly rich foreign owned industrial conglomerate of huge foreign fossil fuel corporations currently building themselves a terminal for the liquefaction, storage, and loading of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the port of Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada.
LNG Canada Is Not Part Of The BC Or Canadian Government
In other words, LNG Canada is a foreign owned and operated project being allowed to call itself LNG Canada to make it appear to be Canadian and for Canadians, when the only thing Canadian about it is the precious Canadian non-renewable resource that will be furiously sucked up and shipped to foreign markets by foreign corporations, for foreign corporations. And to feed the monstrous project in Kitimat, the Coastal Gaslink pipeline is being built to connect it to fracking operations in the Liard Basin gas fields, which will be powered and provided with vast stores of clean water from Site C, also currently under construction.
The Coastal Gaslink Pipeline Is Being Built To Supply LNG Canada
And the connecting pipeline now has the entire nation fighting with itself, with one side all for the mass depletion of the nation’s non-renewable resources and all the environmental harm necessary to accomplish it, and the other fighting to preserve personal rights, the nation’s non-renewable resources for the benefit of future Canadians, and to prevent the poisoning of the nation by petrochemicals.
Leading opposition to the pipeline are a handful of incredibly brave and determined Indigenous people in northern British Columbia, who are trying to evoke their legal rights and prevent their land from being poisoned and destroyed. Since they began their opposition, millions worldwide have rallied to their cause, forcing both governments and corporations to first protest, then engage in extremely theatrical and completely pointless ‘talks with the concerned parties’ in order to appear to be trying to find a ‘peaceful’ solution.
Current Talks Are Governmental Smoke And Mirrors
I say that the talks are both false and pointless, because according to the president of Coastal Gaslink the pipeline WILL be forced through. In his own words, “Coastal GasLink will resume construction activities in the Morice River area on Monday, March 2, following the four-day pause to allow for constructive dialogue between the parties.” Yet then in the next sentence he hypocritically states, “Coastal GasLink remains committed to dialogue and engagement with all Indigenous groups along our route, including the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and Dark House.” Talk about double-speak!
To paraphrase, “The construction crews thank all your sorry asses for the long weekend. Now it’s back to work folks, because the truth is that you dirty damn trouble-making savages can talk all the hell you want, drum all you want, and pray all you want, but the frigging pipeline is going through – law, respect, or harm be damned. If you resist, know that your premier and judges do ‘favors’ for us, and they’ve already given us the power and right to order the police to kill you, ‘if they have to’.”
Nothing Will Stop LNG Canada
And he’s not the only one making the claim that the project will proceed ‘regardless’. In March of 2019, while there was still a legal challenge against the pipeline, the CEO of LNG Canada told the Financial Post in no uncertain terms that despite any legal challenge, “Nothing will stop LNG Canada from getting built…”, which would be pointless without a pipeline to supply it. So again, all of the over-publicized talks are really nothing but a whole lot of intentionally misleading smoke and mirrors, pleasant political posturing by unpleasant folks, because the corporations and government are in complete collusion to complete the pipeline.
Proof is that if the ‘talks’ weren’t a bunch of politically correct crap, the right thing would already be done, which is for the pipeline to simply be cancelled until land issues are permanently resolved. Instead, government is trying to use them as a way of permanently resolving land issues. And to further fan the flames of disinformation, mainstream media is doing its best to confuse the public about what’s taking place using headlines like CTV’s, which state, “Work on Coastal GasLink pipeline to resume following draft agreement”.
Misleading Headlines By Mainstream Media
To me, that headline infers that the Wet’suwet’en people have agreed to the pipeline, so construction can now legally take place. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. The RCMP remain, the illegal pipeline construction continues, and the people against it have not changed their minds. The only bloody agreement that was actually made, was about ‘how’ the talks will take place, nothing more. There ain’t no damn agreement to proceed with the pipeline, and to be honest, even if there never is one, the government and Coastal Gaslink have made it clear that they are going to make damn sure the pipeline is built, either with the Wet’suwet’en people and their supporter’s blessing, or through their blood.
Now in case there’s other folks out there, who like me, wonder what the hell all the rush is to build the entire project (Site C, LNG Canada and the connecting Coastal Link pipeline), it’s because LNG Canada has promised the international market to deliver its first cargoes of dinosaur gas before the middle of this decade (five years from now). Personally, I think the entire darn mega LNG disaster, including all of it’s horrific components, should be shut the hell down forever, because the financial gain is simply not worth the risk to the survival of life. And there are thousands of biological, scientific, and environmental experts who totally agree with me.
Water Is Canada’s “Blue Gold”
So, in this old fart’s opinion, it’s time for Canada to acknowledge and understand that it now controls the vast majority of the world’s remaining fresh water, the most critical and valuable commodity on Earth. And that commodity continues to increase in value day by day. In fact, water now retails for over a 1,000 times more than LNG does. So this old fart thinks that poisoning the hell out of our clean water to extract the gas needed to make LNG is about the stupidest damn business idea that there ever was, and feels that demonizing and brutalizing the people who are sane enough to try to stop it just ain’t nothing short of racist criminal assault. Strong letter to follow…
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