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  • Points to consider: This pipeline would

    • Reduce regional ability to meet GHG targets

    • Disincentivize homeowners from switching to electric appliances

    • Encourage MORE fossil fuel use

    • Harm indoor air quality from cooking with gas

    • Threaten sensitive environmental areas/stream crossings

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FEI CPCN for the Okanagan

Capacity Upgrade Project

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Guy Dauncey wrote: This proposal runs directly counter to Penticton's, Kelowna's, Vernon's, and the Regional District's Community Climate Action Plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Fracked gas in BC (aka 'natural gas') is as bad as coal in its climate impact, because of the associated fugitive methane emissions. It also runs directly counter to the Province of BC's climate goal, which is to REDUCE our GHGs by 40% by 2030, not to increase them. FortisBC says it wants to attract 10,000 new customers to use fossil gas. "The BCUC is committed to remaining at the forefront of the energy transition in British Columbia. The BC government's CleanBC plan and Roadmap to 2030 aims to increase the use of clean and renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050." It also runs directly counter to every climate scientist's urgent plea that as a planet, we stop expanding our use of fossil fuels, and dramatically reduce them. New Okanagan homes do not need natural gas: heat pumps are a far better and cheaper service, since they also provide cooling in a heat wave, and conduction electric cookers are a far better way to cook than with fossil gas. The only purpose of this project is to increase profits for FortisBC's shareholders. BCUC's purpose is to serve the public interest, not the shareholders' interests.

The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) is an independent regulatory agency of the Government of British Columbia.

The BCUC's mission is "to ensure that ratepayers receive "SAFE", reliable, and non- discriminatory energy services at fair rates from the utilities we regulate, and that shareholders of those utilities are afforded a reasonable opportunity to earn a fair return on their invested capital." (our quotes)

FTFO believes that by building new fossil fuel infrastructure, our region and province is adding to future climate risks that endanger us all.


A February 2022 report by the Intergovernmental  Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states, "Climate change is a threat to human well-being and planetary health...Any further delay...will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future for all." and the UN Security General says, “Investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure is moral and economic madness.”

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