Rich Coleman Deputy Premier: BCs Youthful Leadership and Economy Feb 2016

Ref:     92589


Mr. Tristan Galbraith




Dear Mr. Galbraith:


Thank you for your December 27, 2015 follow‑up email regarding liquefied natural gas (LNG) development. I apologize for my delayed response.


British Columbia has been extracting natural gas safely for more than 50 years and developing shale gas resources since 2005.  Shale gas resources have generated billions of dollars in government revenue from land sales and royalties.  The Province is now moving forward to develop an LNG export industry.


British Columbia is working hard to ensure our Province has a role in global LNG markets.  Given our relative proximity to Asia, we have a significant opportunity to become a key supplier to these growing markets.  With countries such as China and India expected to lead global economic growth over the coming decades, replacing dirtier forms of energy production, such as coal, with LNG, the cleanest burning fossil fuel, will help improve global emissions.


The Province recognizes the importance of renewable energy as part of our energy portfolio.  In June 2010, the Province enacted the Clean Energy Act which, along with a number of objectives such as electricity self-sufficiency, conservation and greenhouse gas reduction, includes a requirement that at least 93 percent of the electricity generated in British Columbia comes from clean or renewable sources.  In 2012, BC Hydro generated over 98 percent of its power from clean or renewable sources.


As of December 31, 2014, independent power producers (IPP), which include power production companies, municipalities, First Nations and customers, accounted for about 25 percent of BC Hydro’s domestic supply, using clean sources such as wind, water, biomass and waste heat.  IPPs will provide a large portion of power needs over the next several years.


In your email, you also raised concerns regarding the safety of an LNG industry.  In British Columbia, the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC), an independent, single‑window regulatory agency, has responsibilities for overseeing oil and gas operations in our Province.  To operate in British Columbia, LNG facilities and pipelines are required to obtain permits from the OGC.



All permit holders must have emergency response plans and programs.  The OGC uses a combination of reviews, assessments and field inspections so that permit holders comply with the Emergency Management Regulation and the Oil and Gas Activities Act.  The OGC actively sets and enforces safety and emergency preparedness requirements and works with industry to ensure best management practices, which include advances in science and technology.


LNG is an emerging industry in British Columbia that would benefit our Province for generations with jobs and economic activity.  It will be developed in an environmentally and socially responsible manner for all British Columbians.


Thank you, again, for writing.


Sincerely yours,



Rich Coleman

Minister of Natural Gas Development

and Deputy Premier



From: Tristan Galbraith []
Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2015 5:06 PM
To: Minister, MNGD MNGD:EX
Cc: Minister, MEM MEM:EX
Subject: RE: 92589 Galbraith – LNG or wood 2100f – CU interim draft to go out from MO NGD


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Honourable Rich Coleman

Deputy Premier & Minister of Natural Gas Development & Minister Responsible for Housing




December 27th 2015


Re. Importance of LNG, Jobs/Taxes and thus British Columbia’s diverse economy.



Dear Mr Coleman,


Congratulations on your fifth term as MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove in the 2013 general election.  Your previous postings as Minister of Energy and Housing; Public Safety, Solicitor General and Housing; Housing, Social Development and Forests and Range provide accomplishments that British Columbians look up to.  It’s not common someone successful in the private and non-profit sectors such as yourself decides to represent such a widespread contingent in parliament. Congratulations Rich.


Given British Columbia’s widespread population and climate, our livelihood and employability factors, single handily focusing on a LNG strategy vindicates an unnatural unruly progression.  In comparison coal, wood, propane, solar, wind, hydroelectric and others offer a wider paradigm on focusing greater ways British Columbians could learn and understand LNG and choose efficiency in heating and protecting our homes.  Focusing solely on a LNG strategy does not attribute towards the large scale of British Columbians given our wide financial, and employability constraints.  Here are some factors that might help atone a smoother transition into LNG: Providing greater, easier options on how to understand fuel sources and thus heating and protection our homes; A brief history of BC energy, wood burning, forestry and the indigenous populations; and, Greater information on the dangers of LNG and its extraction.  Given British Columbia’s wide and diverse population, glorious land base, and economic, social and political constraints it is common sense we must go beyond and use more common knowledge and sufficiency that is available to all.


British Columbia needs iconic locally developed alternative forms of power, such as French Canadians skills at developing in hydro electric water generation power, turbines and so on.  It is well known Albertans can provide all the Oil, LNG and Coal via there reactors, rails and pipelines so why are we doing the same?  Let’s focus on our own areas such as the fusion reaction at General Dynamics.  For those less specialized, large areas of the Pacific Ocean are known to provide large winds which would help initiate wind power start ups, and the large abundance of waterfalls would make excellent and easily manufactured, better looking hydro electric facilities.  The list goes on.  If we are to sell British Columbian LNG globally there needs to be a greater, easier to understand option.  Given the past, there needs to be a current localized methods of sufficient fuel sources available to all those that live and travel here in beautiful British Columbia.


British Columbia, our Native Americans and Indigenous ancestors, have a large history, and heritage using wood burning and it is very culturally significant.  Having a solid fuel appliance, or wood stove is the most sufficient way to heat, cook and keep your house clean given a natural disaster such as earthquake or power outage.  Especially amongst younger generations, wood indicates a more accurate representation of a British Columbian fuel source.  More modern methods such as catalytic wood stoves or wood gasification are not limited to solid fuels but garbage and other bi-waste products and represent similar efficiencies that could create a stronger LNG strategy.  If the public are to understand how LNG is extracted and burned as a leading fuel source wood gasification is an excellent starting point.  These technologies could also be viewed as inferiors because of there low cost, simple materials, and ability to teach even the youngest child a good science lesson.  Included as well could be cultural information, forestry and our environment.    We cannot forget about our past, and the indigenous brothers and sisters that got us here, where wood fuels will always remain a cultural mainstay.


There are significant dangers associated with LNG.  Like any fuel, gas safety and a large scale manufacturing and testing industry is necessary to produce, develop, create interest and keep up to date.  A large scale attack, natural disaster, malfunction, or lack of local manufacturing and testing sector could reek havoc contending with a global growth plan.  Greater manufacturing, testing, public interest and contingency structure is necessary to atone the procurement of a large scale British Columbian LNG industry and its development.  Thus LNG, its extraction, the manufacturing and testing sector; and our military protecting coastlines can increase public credibility and the dangers of this job.


Importance of Jobs, and Taxes, and our British Columbian economy are vindicated with such super grand ideas as a large scale corporate LNG strategy.  Rich, developing and initiating plans like this are what dreams are made of.  Through we take a closer look at our past, iconic British Columbian energy methods, and our green identity made locally, we can more readily initiate a global LNG program.  Working with native and indigenous groups, using wood, solid fuel burning and gasification ensures greater more widespread success.  Better yet, manufacturing, testing, and developing our own LNG in homes and businesses ensures greater fiscal growth.  Mr Coleman, of all our Ministers your experience in office is significantly dedicated enough to presume designation as Minister directly responsible for LNG and I would like to personally congratulate you. As a province of many pioneers, lets not only consider LNG as a significant resource development area but attune it more properly with what surrounds it, importantly, the peoples, places and things that got us here in the beginning.


Thank you,



Tristan Galbraith

Whistler, BC Canada

(604) 902-7417





From: Minister, MNGD MNGD:EX []
Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 4:34 PM
To: Tristan Galbraith <>
Subject: RE: 92589 Galbraith – LNG or wood 2100f – CU interim draft to go out from MO NGD


Dear Mr. Galbraith:


Honourable Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines, has asked Honourable Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Deputy Premier, to respond on his behalf to your December 15, 2015 email regarding liquefied natural gas (LNG) or wood 2100f.


In regards to your question of efficiency improvements, this is a very broad issue, and we will require further information from you as to what specifically you would like know about efficiency improvements in order to respond to your inquiry.


Additionally, we are unfamiliar with your reference to “wood 2100f.”  If you would please provide further details as to what this term refers.


Thank you for writing.



Kind regards,




Luella Barnetson

Administrative Coordinator to the
Honourable Rich Coleman
Minister of Natural Gas Development

Minister Responsible for Housing and Deputy Premier

From: Tristan Galbraith []
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 5:32 AM
To: Minister, MEM MEM:EX
Subject: LNG or wood 2100f

Hey Bill, thanks for your hard work.

What is government doing to improve efficiency?

Thanks, tristan galbraith (604) 902-7417 whistler