Natural gas in British Columbia

There are major concerns about the recovery of natural gas from shale deposits.  However, here in British Columbia we don’t hear much about those concerns, even though we produce a lot of the stuff.

I suspect there are three reasons we don’t pay much attention to the environmental concerns.

The gas is located in the north-east corner of the province,  a sparsely populated area a long way from the major population centers.  The tax revenues are a major contribution to the provincial budget. And a company that wants to export the gas has given an Indian band a lot of money to build a terminal on their reserve. To criticize this gas production would be to criticize natives and that is not politically correct.

But I should not be saying anything about this.  As a resident of British Columbia I and my family benefit from the tax revenues and quite a few of the natives involved are personal friends.


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