Back in July, the West Vancouver Municipal Council heard a presentation from Eoin Finn from My Sea to Sky on the risks of tankers in Howe Sound. Subsequently, they voted to recommend a ban on LNG tanker traffic. On Monday, council revisited the issue because Woodfibre LNG representatives wanted to tell their side of the story. A packed audience listened intently to the company's presentation. You could feel the tension in the room.
Councillor Mary-Ann Booth took particular issue with Woodfibre's promises of economic prosperity and jobs.
After council took turns grilling the company, they resumed their previous stance on the proposed project. Just for the record, currently the score is: West Van 2, Woodfibre nothing.
Then citizens took to the microphone, voicing their grievances with the gas plant idea. I took the opportunity to tell council about concerns I've heard echoing throughout the region on the environment, economy and safety; also pointing to the growing number of signatures on our Declaration to Protect Howe Sound from LNG.
It was a refreshing encounter with elected officials who seemed to listen to their constituents. Too bad more politicians can't see this project for what it really is—a big mistake. This is a sweet victory that should be celebrated, but there's a long road ahead to ensuring the Sound is LNG-free. Help spread the word about the Declaration in order to build more citizen-power before the municipal elections.