2. Canada lacks world class LNG safety regulations.
The proposed location is in Canada’s most important salmon river, opposite a storage terminal for flammable jet fuel, in BC’s prime earthquake-liquefaction zone, and in the path of a narrow commercial and recreational shipping lane of freighters, tugs, barges and aircraft. The Society of International Gas Terminal and Tanker Operations, strongly recommends against locating LNG facilities in such narrow, crowded waterways. Because of such risks, U.S. regulations prevent LNG plants and shipping routes from locating within 3.5 km. of populated areas. IN 2016, a fire in nearby Burns bog caused the evacuation of the Tilbury LNG plant. Fighting an LNG fire requires responders equipped with special foam retardant and a well-practiced emergency response plan to evacuate local residents and businesses in the event of a fire. Just such an event happened in 2014 at an LNG plant in Oregon.