Thomasina Pidgeon has long been a part of the community of Squamish. Not only has she learned a lot in her ten years plus of climbing here, she has also shown a real care for the community surrounding Squamish. Last week, as I was taking in the morning news, I stumbled upon a well written article regarding the LNG proposal in Squamish. As I flipped down to the author, I was pleasantly surprised to find her name at the bottom.
The following is an excerpt taken from a letter submitted to The Squamish Chief by Thomasina Pidgeon.
The Woodfibre-LNG project requires three main things to succeed: the continued consumption of fossil fuels, fracking to extract the fuel, and for the majority of citizens to support the project. While the continued consumption of fossil fuels is weaving us towards a global path of destruction, the majority of scientific research, including that of the David Suzuki Foundation, states that fracking is unsafe, can lead to earthquakes and the release of toxic gases into local environments.
The majority of Squamish residents and surrounding communities have spoken clearly against this project through countless letters, petitions and polls. In fact, from Barack Obama to Professor Wade Davis, communities globally are urging governments to steer away from fossil fuels and move towards sustainability.
Let’s consider the last three major industries in Squamish. The Britannia Mine lasted 70 years and caused a two-kilometre stretch of serious pollution to coastal waters resulting in a $75.9 million cleanup bill, according to sources. The Woodfibre mill lasted under a century and left a mess that has to be cleaned up regardless of the proposed LNG plant’s future. The Nexen plant survived 27 years and left a $40 million clean-up of its leftover toxicity, which continues to contribute to persistent groundwater mercury plume, according to a government report. These projects created short-term jobs with unsustainable endeavours that left a huge environment disaster for the next generation to clean up. The Woodfibre-LNG project will be no different.
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