More Challenges As Another Group Opposes LNG Project

first_imgFORT. ST JOHN, B.C. – Those hoping for jobless, and overall economic relief for the hard-pressed oil and gas industry in this region as the result of the federal government approval next month of the 36-billion dollar Pacific NorthWest LNG project, are facing yet another opposition challenge. About 90 climate scientists from Canada, the U.S., Australia, and the UK are warning of dire environmental effects if the project, majority owned by Petronas, the Malaysian government owned Oil and Gas Company, and four other minority consortium partners, gets the green light from the Trudeau government.Some of the world’s leading experts on climate change are part of this group including NASA scientist James Hansen and Tim Flannery, the chief councillor of Australia’s Climate Commission. They have released an open letter claiming the project would be one of Canada’s largest point source greenhouse gas emitters. – Advertisement -They’re calling the draft environmental assessment for the project, superficial and incomplete, arguing it likely underestimated the amount of emissions that will be released.Doctor Danny Harvey, a senior Canadian climate scientist, and lead author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says:“Major uncertainties remain concerning greenhouse gas emissions from the fracking that would supply the natural gas, and concerning its full impact on emissions in the countries that would receive the natural gas.”Advertisement He goes on to say: “To proceed with a long term project without knowing the consequences would be reckless.”The federal government is set to make the final decision on the controversial proposal within the next 90 days, but Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has indicated it could come by the end of June.The LNG project would see a liquefaction and export facility built on Lelu Island on land administered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority, and Progress Energy, which like Pacific Northwest LNG is majority-owned by Petronas, would supply that facility with natural gas produced in Northeast BC and that’s why the project is viewed by many in this region as a panacea to the current economic downturn. Advertisementlast_img read more

AFC is a work in progress, says coach Zapata

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Rudolf Zapata. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 – AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata says the club will be a force to reckon over the next two seasons considering the investment they have made with bringing in young players into the squad.Among the players who landed at the den in the June transfer window included the Thika United trio of Eugene Mukangula, Said Tsuma and Saad Musa while midfielder Edward Seda returned to the club after a stint at Mathare United with striker Alex Orotamal arriving from Rwanda. “We need to fight for the league title this year, but also, we are building a powerful team for the next two seasons. We need to be patient especially with the new players who need to adapt, but I know that if we keep this project then we will dominate football because AFC is a big team,” the tactician said.AFC Leopards fans celebrating. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC is placed fourth in the Kenyan Premier League standings and despite sitting a massive 14 points behind eternal rivals and leaders Gor Mahia, Zapata says he will not give up the chase for the league title.Ingwe were 1-0 winners over Sony Sugar over the weekend and the win was an encouragement for Zapata that his side can challenge for the crown.“I am very happy with the players because we performed very well and created many opportunities to score. Even the last game we lost 3-0, we still played very well and created more chances than the home team. We should continue in this way,” the tactician added.-Sofapaka warns Gor-Sofapaka bench led by head coach John Baraza (center). Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYAMeanwhile, Sofapaka head coach John Baraza has warned Gor Mahia they will not relinquish the fight for the league title easily, despite being nine points behind the leaders who have a three-game deficit.Sofapaka beat Mathare United 3-2 over the weekend to narrow the gap and Baraza who won the title with Batoto ba Mungu as a player in 2009 says they will push on with their focus left on winning their matches.“The league is still open. As much as Gor have those matches at hand, they will have to fight for the points on the pitch. This is football; anything can happen. We still have a lot of hopes and ours is just to keep winning our games and see what happens at the end,” Baraza said.Sofapaka have a five point deficit between them and third placed Bandari FC and Baraza is confident that at worse, if their league ambitions do not come to fruition, they will ensure the worst they finish is second.Sofapaka’s Pistone Mutamba in action against their Mathare United clash. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, Mathare United who earlier on in the season looked like title favorites, have fizzled away winning only one of their last 12 games, drawing eight and losing three.Despite the poor run, head coach Francis Kimanzi remains confident his charges can bounce back to winning ways though fighting for the league title now seems like a far-fetched dream as they lay 15 points behind the league leaders.“Of course you have to get worried when things do not go your way but I know our win is coming. We have to work on our mistakes especially minimizing the defensive errors and ensure we are better in scoring. That’s the only way we can rise back,” Kimanzi mentioned.The tactician was disappointed in the 3-2 defeat to Sofapaka noting that they gave away cheap goals through defensive errors and has called on his team to up their game as the league enters the business end.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more