To Orwell Today,

Would like to know the status of the LNG facility north of Japan on an island in USSR jurisdiction. Rumor has it that it is going to be 4-5 year project with Fluor and Veco being some of the prime players. Do you have any info on the above. Spelling Salkin or Sakin island.

Gary Goodman

Greetings Gary,

Sorry, I have no info on Soviet LNG facilities near Japan.

But Canada, where I live, is providing brains, technology and money to Communist Russia's capitalists (otherwise known as thieving oligarchs) to build de-gasification plants for their natural gas which, once changed into liquid, will be loaded into tankers and shipped to re-gasification plants built here to change the liquid back into gas, which will then go by pipeline to wherever.

Most Canadians know nothing about Liquified Natural Gas because it is usually only referred to by its initials, LNG, and if it's spoken about at all it is praised as an answer to "rising fuel costs and depleted reserves". Its negative effects on the environment, human health and our own gas industry are covered up. In one of the national newspapers just this week the LNG proponents actually revealed that they depend on this public ignorance to advance their agenda.

People who DO know the truth about LNG facilities do everything they can to make sure one never comes to a community near them. But you don't hear Greenpeace or the other UN environmental groups complaining about LNG which is another sure sign of whose bidding they serve.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

LNG plant more likely in Canada
Expert cites open spaces, better rules for receptiveness
National Post, Jan 25, 2005

Canada is emerging as a more receptive place than the United States to site liquefied natural gas regasification plants, a legal expert on the emerging energy source said yesterday. Thomas Valentine, head of the LNG group at Macleod Dixon LLP in Calgary, said Canada's wide open spaces and extensive coast limit the impact of LNG regasification plants on communities, making opposition less likely. Canada also benefits from a more streamlined and developed regulatory system that allows communities to see and learn before misconceptions are formed, he said outside and LNG conference in Calgary. In fact, communities like Kitimat on the BC coast welcome the developments because of economic benefits, he said. "The people of Kitimat are seeing existing industries closed down," he said. "They are seeing opportunity for a new industry and they are happy to work. The harbour is a natural fit. It's remote from many residential communities."

The propsed Galveston Kitimat LNG plant is one of five under various development stages in Canada. Two located in the East Coast - Anadarko Petroleum Corp's facility in Nova Scotia and Irving Oil Ltd's in New Brunswick - have received regulatory approvals. Another two have been propopsed in Quebec on the St Lawrence River - the Rahbaska facility by Engridge Inc and Gaz Metropolitain Inc, and Gros Cacoouna project led by Calgary-based companies Petro-Canada and TransCanada Corp.

The Rahbaska facility has encountered the most community opposition to date in Canada, but Enbridge spokesman Jim Rennie said consultations continue. LNG, natural gas that is supercooled into a liquid to permit transportation by tanker, is widely used in Europe and Asia and has been getting increasing attention in North America because gasfields in Canada and the United States are depleting. Community concern in the USA has derailed many proposals.


Jackie Jura
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