Since coming into power in 2001, the provincial government
has been clear about its desire for an offshore oil and gas
industry. Premier Gordon Campbell announced his intention
to light the flame of the Olympic torch with gas from the
offshore at B.C.’s 2010 Olympic Games. While this is
highly unrealistic, the province has been pushing their agenda,
budgeted more than $20 million of tax payers money to promote
the industry and continue to staff a 12-person Offshore Oil
and Gas Team with a budget of $5 million annually. Part of
this money was given to pro industry lobby groups to help
promote an offshore oil and gas industry. Despite four years
of persuasion, the B.C. public and many First Nations remain
opposed to lifting the moratorium.
Click here to read A Review of Offshore Oil and Gas Development
in British Columbia.
Meanwhile, since 2002, the provincial government has been
pressuring the federal government to lift its moratorium.
The province has requested lifting the blanket moratorium,
so the entire coast can be opened up for offshore oil and
gas, including the Georgia and Tofino basins.