Is Veresen’s proposed natural gas power plant (The Terrace Standard, Sept. 4, 2013) any better than Enbridge’s tar sands pipeline?
Disturbing the LNG bonanza, the long-term consequence of rapidly extracting natural gas by hydraulic fracturing — fracking — remains eerily unknown, but what we do know is what Veresen itself admits: its power plant will pollute Terrace and the Kitimat Valley.
Just as Enbridge and its supporters greenwash Northern Gateway, Veresen will its power plant, just as the natural gas industry now does for itself. There is no such thing as “clean burning”, only degrees of an absolute evil.
To produce electricity here — and to reduce if not end our complicity in petrochemical crimes against humanity — we could, should, and must develop our well-studied geothermal potential.
It would be criminal not to, when it is the best choice.
Dr. David Heinimann