Posts Tagged ‘LNG’

Welcome to Garden City conservation

August 12, 2018

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada has long been known as the Garden City. This blog aims to provide informed in-depth opinion on a range of conservation issues of interest to the Garden City community, which is centred in Richmond but extends around B.C. and the globe.

Coming and  Recent Events—Farm Fest on the Garden City lands

Richmond Farm Fest, Saturday, August 11, Garden City Lands, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Garden City Conservation Society, Richmond Nature Park Society and Richmond FarmWatch will all have tent booths.
Leaders of Garden City Conservation and Richmond FarmWatch ranged from enthusiastic to ecstatic in their responses
. For instance, they said it was “a great day” and “a successful and engaging event” and “the sort of happening the Garden City Lands Coalition envisioned when they successfully fought to save the Garden City Lands from dense development for this kind of park.”

Background for newcomers

It began when the citizens had a vision for the Garden City Lands, a 136-acre field in the city centre that had always been green through historical good fortune. By acting together and with BC’s Agricultural Land Commission process, they saved it—from dense multi-billion-dollar development—for the higher value of its Agricultural Land Reserve uses for community wellness. That is one of Richmond’s priceless legacies from the past for the present and the future 20, 50 and 100 years or more from now.

Turn down the pH in here!The lands have become a city park, with a major park enhancement process under way, and the citizens aim to help steward the lands in the ALR for agricultural, ecological and open-land park uses for community wellness. That would include restoration of the sphagnum bog on much of the lands. Sphagnum moss, illustrated at right, is the keystone genus (group of species) that spent millennia leading the forming of the lands.


We began as the Garden City Lands Coalition and evolved into the Garden City Conservation Society, active in various conservation issues in Richmond and beyond, with many “Friends of Garden City.”

 Current and Recent Events

OS Permaculture Design workshop at the Red Barn, Terra Nova Rural Park,Richmond, BC, on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. To register, see the Permaculture Design event poster.

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Annual Gathering of the Garden City Conservation Society. Details soon.

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 1–3 p.m. Annual General Meeting and Farmland Policy Presentation. At Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Rd, Richmond. Details here.


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KISS Guide to LNG on the Fraser

December 14, 2015

KISS = Keep It Simple. Succeed!

Keep It Simple — Succeed

The huge LNG expansion at Tilbury Island, Delta, could be either benign or disastrous, especially with shipping down the South Arm past Richmond. You can take steps to know whether to act and how to make a difference.


Best starting point?

Go to On the right side of the window, look over the simplest way to send comments to the environmental assessment about Fraser River LNG. On the left side, read the first paragraph and the numbered headings.


Best intro to concerns?

View the Steveston presentation by Eoin Finn, PhD (Physical Chemistry). He is clear and articulate, and he is acting to serve the community. Notice that he is saying that the worst outcomes would be devastating but rare, though more likely than in the U.S. because of lower safety standards than American ones.

Best immersion in the concerns and practical action?

Come to the LNG forum at the Library, Richmond Cultural Centre. It’s at 7 pm on Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015.

Location of Richmond Library at Richmond Cultural Centre

Along with Eoin Finn, results-oriented Fraser activist Kevin Washbrook will fill you in and answer questions. Washbrook is another environmental activist who is committed to values, not personal economic gain, and his practical approach makes his idealism effective.

Blacktop parking and the two-level parkade are ample, but arrive early for a good seat (or perhaps for a seat at all). There’s access from both Minoru Blvd and Granville Ave.

Here’s how the Wilderness Committee promotes the two-hour event.


Follow-up for results?

Go back to and send input to the Environmental Assessment by the end of Monday, December 21. Then stay tuned with and Garden City Conservation.


The details: How do LNG proponents respond?

Proponent public relations person Brent Stafford of Shaky Egg rebuts in his LNG Fear Mongering video. It is an attack ad in infomercial form. As the text into puts it, “Opponents are braying. . . .” Since braying is the sound of donkeys, Stafford is saying the opponents are donkeys in order to make his case. He then characterizes them in the video as “wealthy and privileged,” which presumably makes them spoiled-brat donkeys.

Like Eoin Finn, Stafford brings in Sandia National Labs for support and actually makes Finn’s point: Stafford uses a Sandia statement that LNG tankers are safe with U.S. precautions, and Finn says that the lack of U.S.-level precautions on the Fraser is a reason that LNG tankers are unsafe there.

At the Environmental Assessment Office open house at Riverport on December 3, I spoke to many of the proponents’ advocates, who far outnumbered the public at the poorly advertised event. They said that Eoin Finn’s PhD wasn’t really in chemistry (because it’s in physical chemistry?) and that his views weren’t correct.

They weren’t able to tell me the capacity of an LNG tanker. Perhaps that’s because the ones they had to include in the plans would not have the capacity (at least 60,000 tons) they want to dredge for after getting rid of the Massey Tunnel.

They also weren’t able to give me any idea how much electricity the Tilbury plant would require. Perhaps that’s because it would be impossible without generating far more power, which gets into questions like whether they’re relying on flooding the Peace Valley to enable Site C dam power.


Any final thoughts?

I have noticed that Eoin Finn occasionally uses expressions with connotations that go too far. He doesn’t need to do that to make his case. Although he detracts from his own case in that way, the effect is only to weaken the case, not defeat it.

Personally I think it’s extremely important for the Environmental Assessment Office to consult thoroughly with Eoin Finn and also Kevin Washbrook, and my comments will strongly advocate that they do so.

For the Environmental Assessment Office details, go to their EAO projects page and do a search for “Wespac”.

Go to the Sandia National Labs site for an example of Sandia comments about LNG.

See you before 7 pm on Wednesday, Dec 16!