BANFF, A.B. – Fort St. John for LNG founder Alan Yu was in Banff this past weekend speaking at the Canadian Energy Executive Association’s summer conference.
As a representative of FSJ for LNG, Yu was invited to the conference at the behest of the Modern Miracle Network, a support organization for pro-hydrocarbon resource grassroots groups. Yu says that he was the only non-scheduled speaker that was invited to speak on stage to the assembled business forum, and the first member of a grassroots movement to speak at the conference. The CEEA, known until earlier this year as the Canadian Oilmen’s Association, puts on the annual conference and forum to network and build relationships within the oil and gas industry.
One of Yu’s highlights from the trip was hearing about and speaking with First Nations, four of whose leaders spoke at the forum. Though not able to disclose any identities due to the Chatham House Rules in place at the conference, Yu shared the story of a First Nation in Alberta that was displaced due to oil and gas development on their lands. Instead of opposing the industry, the first nation and its members instead embraced the partnership, and now pay $70 million per year in taxes to the federal government.
According to a post on the FSJ for LNG’s Facebook group page, Yu says that going forward as a member of the CEEA, FSJ for LNG has been invited to organize rallies in both Edmonton and Calgary. The group’s rally in Calgary during their LNG or Bust cross-country tour earlier this summer was the largest in that city’s history.
Yu also said that in the wake of the discovery of oil in the Tower Basin south of Fort St. John, he is planning to form a second group, tentatively titled ‘Canadian for Canadian Oil and Gas.’