Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Fracking Con Job?
Liberals attack Dix through national party
Released by Ben James, BC Gov't Caucus
Dix and the BC NDP need to let British Columbians know exactly where
they stand on the future of B.C.'s natural gas sector.
Do they support plans to
boost the sector, including building Liquefied Natural Gas
terminals, or do they stand with federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair's
recent comments on natural gas extraction?
In New Brunswick, Mr.
Mulcair made accusations that the natural gas industry is, "pulling
a con job" regarding the environmental safety of hydraulic
fracturing practices (Canadian Press, June 11, 2012). Additionally,
Mulcair said "Quebec has a moratorium on shale gas exploration and
extraction.... It is a model worth following." (Telegraph-Journal,
December 9, 2011)
"Mulcair thinks our natural resources are a disease. His comments
aren't just an attack on B.C.'s future plans to export Liquefied
Natural Gas to Asian markets, but a threat to existing well-paying
jobs associated with the entire natural gas sector," said Rich
Coleman, B.C.'s Minister of Energy and Mines. "Adrian Dix needs to
be firm and either reject his federal leader's comments or let
British Columbians know that natural gas sector jobs might be on the
endangered list under his watch. He cannot play both sides of the
fence on this issue. Dix is either with B.C. or with Mulcair."
B.C. has the highest standards in North America for extracting
natural gas, including Canada's first mandatory online hydraulic
fracturing registry that provides a transparent accounting of
"Our government's Natural Gas Strategy, including Liquefied Natural
Gas development, is vital to the BC Jobs Plan and the future
financial health of B.C. Successful development of this resource
will result in significant investments and thousands of stable and
well-paying jobs," added Coleman. "It's one thing for Thomas Muclair
to be more concerned with winning votes in eastern Canada, but it's
another thing when Adrian Dix doesn't step-up to the plate and
defend B.C.'s economic interests."
B.C. is fortunate to have one of the world's largest deposits of
natural gas and there is great opportunity to turn this advantage
into jobs by exporting in-demand Liquefied Natural Gas to Asian
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