Kitimat fishers, hunters ask NEB for special conditions on KM LNG export licence

The Kitimat Rod and Gun Club Tuesday asked the National Energy Board to place special conditions on the Kitimat LNG project so as, in the words of Rod and Gun representative Mike Langegger, to preserve “the fish and wildlife values of the northwest,” from the “cumulative effects” of industry encroaching on the wilderness. 

The board panel,which is considering the project’s application for a natural gas export licence,  allowed Langegger to testify early in the proceedings, now expected to run at least until Thursday, because he has other commitments.
In response to a specific question from Lynn Mercier, presiding member of the board panel, Langegger asked that the NEB require the KM LNG partners, energy giants Apache, Encana and EOG,  establish a joint committee with Kitimat residents, both First Nations and non-First Nations, to preserve the values of the wilderness around the liguified natural gas terminal.
He also asked that the energy companies create special funding “dedicated to fish, wildlife, and the environment…to maintain the fishing, hunting [and] recreational activities used by residents not just for now but for generations to come.” 
The liquified natural gas terminal is proposed for Bish Cove, down Douglas Channel from Kitimat, an area that is currently still largely wilderness. 
Langegger noted that crucial salmon breeding rivers flow into Bish Cove from the surrounding mountains. Bish Cove is also known as a habitat for deer and bears, both black bears and grizzlies.
He also asked that Kitimat residents continue to have access, as they do now, to the bush surrounding the proposed terminal “with no gates, no lockoffs.” Langegger complained to the board that Rio Tinto Alcan has, in recent years, restricted access to the Kitimat River estuary, near the aluminum plant, while once Kitimat residents had easy entry to the estuary.


Langegger said that Rod and Gun members and other Kitimat residents fear the cumulative effects of the destruction of the wilderness, and specifically that some of the past practices of the forest industry, which he said had a “huge detrimental effect,” could be compounded by the Kitimat LNG plant and other projects.
 While not referring directly to the proposal, Langegger was bringing in the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, which is being considered in a separate National Energy Board proceeding. 
Lanegger told the NEB panel that he hoped that “the new generation of industries coming [would] accept those values” of fishing, hunting and recreation.
Mike Langegger of the Kitimat Rod and Gun
 club checks his notes while testifying before the NEB. (Robin Rowland/Northwest Coast Energy News)

National Energy Board hearings on Kitimat LNG begin, expected to go rest of the week

National Energy Board hearings on the Kitimat LNG project opened Tuesday morning at the Riverlodge Community Centre with the usual legal introductions.

Lawyers for KM LNG asked the panel to postpone some more controversial  issues until Friday, as one of the lawyers said,  “parties were still in discussion” about certain matters.

The panel ruled that they would hear the contentious issues beginning Thursday morning.

Kitimat residents are complaining that the formal panel is  “mystifying,”  compared to the more open and public friendly joint review panel on the Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal last fall.

The current hearings are much more limited than the Enbridge Northern Gateway joint review.   That’s because these hearings are for an export licence only.  The Enbridge hearings are a facility hearing covering the whole project, because the oil sands are in Alberta and that pipeline would cross provincial boundaries.  At the moment, the KM LNG project is entirely within the province of BC and so the only matter under consideration is the export of natural gas.

Lawyers representing one of the KM LNG rivals tried to widen issues in  the morning session, but the NEB panel ruled while there would be some flexibility in questions about the project’s ownership and facilities, those questions had to be specific and narrow and relevant to the export licence.

Like theatregoers fleeing a  bad play at the first interval, many of the Kitimat residents who had shown up left at the first break, leaving the room to the lawyers and executives.

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Apache names new boss for Kitimat LNG project

Apache Corporation, of Houston, Texas,  the main backer of the Kitimat LNG development announced a management shakeup Tuesday, May 31, including  a new boss for the Kitimat project.

According to a news release issued by Apache, “Graham Lawton was named vice president –
liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, leading the Kitimat project team
for the LNG facility and Pacific Trail Pipelines.”

Lawton is a new comer to Apache but has 30 years experience in the natural gas industry.
The news release describes Lawton  this way:

Lawton joined Apache in March 2011. He brings 30 years of experience in the gas industry – with 15 years in LNG projects – and has worked in the United Kingdom, United States, Tunisia, Singapore, Trinidad, India and Peru. Prior to joining Apache, Lawton was vice president of LNG at Hunt Oil Co. since 2005 and served as general manager of COLP, the operating company of Peru LNG. Previously, he was operations director at Marathon Oil Co. where he worked for Equatorial Guinea (EG) LNG. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years with BG Group. Lawton is a fellow of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and a chartered engineer. Lawton received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Sheffield in England.

PR Newswire release Apache Announces Changes in Operational Leadership

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Kitimat LNG Project Granted Extension: 250 News

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Kitimat LNG Project Granted Extension

The proponents of the liquefied natural gas terminal to be built near Kitimat now have more time to start up construction.

The Environmental Assessment Office has granted an extension to the Kitimat LNG Operating General Partnership’s environmental assessment certificate. Under the original certificate, substantial construction had to be underway on the LNG terminal by June 1st of this year.

The Kitimat LNG Operating Partnership must now have substantial construction started on the project prior to June 1ST of 2016.

NEB hearings on KM LNG confirmed for Kitimat, June 7, 2011

Northwest Coast Energy News

By Robin Rowland

The National Energy Board has confirmed  on its website
that  the export licence hearings for the KM  LNG will go ahead in
Kitimat at the Riverlodge Community Centre on June 7, 2011, beginning at
9 a.m.

National Energy Board officials brief residents of Kitimat on the ground rules for the hearings on the KM LNG export licence, March 6, 2011. (Robin Rowland/Northwest Coast Energy News)

After an information meeting held  by NEB staff on March 6, 2011, there had been fears in the Kitimat community that since NEB policy calls for a hearing to be held where it is most convenient for stake holders and because the deadline for filing for intervenor status or information letters was just one week after the meeting, that the hearings might actually take place in Alberta.

Link to NEB documents  B01 – Application to export LNG for a period of 20 years (GH-1-2011)

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