Digby Island proposed Nexen Aurora LNG (fracked gas) export facility, BC, Canada

China's Nexen corporation's proposed Aurora LNG (fracked gas) export facility, near Prince Rupert in British Columbia, Canada threatens the fishing community of Prince Rupert, displaces local residents and enables the expansion of hydraulic fracking.


China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)­Nexen is proposing to build a 4 train LNG liquefaction, storage and export terminal within ½ km of the Canadian community Dodge Cove, and within 3 km of the city of Prince Rupert. The proximity of this project will come with drastic health impacts to the local communities as well as impact the Skeena River Estuary, where the berthing terminals, dredging, and tanker traffic will be. Besides people’s homes, many species of special concern on both Digby Island and the surrounding waters, and migratory birds using the Pacific Flyway, will be impacted by the location of this project. International guidelines, safety practices, and reports from Sandia Laboratories all state that this site for the Aurora LNG terminal would be too close to communities and existing marine traffic zones.

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Basic Data
NameDigby Island proposed Nexen Aurora LNG (fracked gas) export facility, BC, Canada
ProvinceBritish Columbia
SiteDodge Cove
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Land acquisition conflicts
Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Oil and gas refining
Shale gas fracking
Gas flaring
Water access rights and entitlements
Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Ports and airport projects
Wetlands and coastal zone management
Invasive species
Aquaculture and fisheries
Specific CommoditiesNatural Gas
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsAurora LNG plans to ship 24 million tonnes of LNG per year.

One of the largest terminals proposed for BC.

This would involve over 300 oversize LNG tankers per year.
Project Area (in hectares)780
Level of Investment (in USD)17-20 billion Canadian dollars
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population100,000
Start Date01/01/2014
Company Names or State EnterprisesNexen from China - They want to build and run the export facility
China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) from China
INPEX Corporation from Japan
Aurora LNG
JGC Corporation from Japan
Relevant government actorsNational - Liberal Party (Justin Trudeau ­ prime minister)

Provincial - before 2017 election BC Liberal Party (CHristy CLark premier)

- after 2017 election New Democratic Party (John Horgan premier), in coalition with Greens
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersFriends of Digby Island

Skeena Wild: https://skeenawild.org/

Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition: http://skeenawatershed.com/

Friends of Wild Salmon:





The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingIndigenous groups or traditional communities
International ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Recreational users
Local scientists/professionals
Fisher people
Forms of MobilizationCommunity-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Noise pollution
Potential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Fires, Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Oil spills, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Other Environmental impacts
Otherdestrucytyion of Eel grass habitat essential for the life cycle of the salmon of the Skeena River, much as in the GItwilgyoots and Lelu Island case in the atlas
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..) , Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Development of AlternativesDodge Cove residents do not want this project to go forward at this location.

No plausible proposal for an alternative location has been put forward.

An alternative is not necessary. BC does not have to invest in fracking. If energy investment was desired, there are green energy alterantives that would be more financially viable if human rights and the environment were part of thefinancial euqation.
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.Political outcome yet to be determined
Sources and Materials

SIGTTO (Society of International Gas Terminals and Tankers Operators) guidelines


[1] BC Environmental Assessment
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[2] LNG Tanker Safety
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Tyee opinion piece ... Cancel LNG or else
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Tyee opinion piece
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Northern View opinion piece
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Northern View, Des Nobels
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We Eat Fish... a blog on interconnections amongst First Nations soveriegnty fights and resistance to extractivist industry in northern BC
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Northern Vew opinion piece
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Northern View local news
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Other Documents

Map of hazard zones from project by the Wilderness Committee
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map of project photo of physical map of project proposal
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sunset from Digby Island
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Meta Information
ContributorKarl Frost, [email protected]
Last update17/08/2017