Opinions on what to do with BC’s massive gas deposits are divided. Some view them as a tremendous economic opportunity to exploit an abundant natural resource, which will propel BC forward into a new age of growth. Others view natural gas development as less than ideal from a greenhouse gas emissions perspective, but still a good “transition” fuel, which can be exploited responsibly. Still, there are many who view the extraction of natural gas as not only bad economics, but also illegal and immoral for the province to seemingly renege on its promise to be a leader in global climate change.
Marc Lee, senior economist with the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and co-director of the Climate Justice Project; author of BC’s Legislated Greenhouse Gas Targets vs Natural Gas Developments
David Austin, associate counsel at Clark Wilson LLP and a leading lawyer in British Columbia in the field of energy and electricity