Tomorrow, the legislature resumes in Victoria just as the province is enduring a horrid wildfire season.
The fires are leading television newscasts not only because of their ferocity, but also because they provide stunning visuals that captivate audiences.
This has the effect of knocking other important news stories down the lineup.
The rare summer sitting of the legislature is to debate terms of a 25-year agreement for the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG project near Prince Rupert. The company is controlled by Petronas, a state-owned Malaysian energy company.
B.C. Green party MLA Andrew Weaver has characterized this deal as "shocking and irresponsible" and a "generational sellout". That's because he says it freezes tax levels at "unacceptably low levels and future governments won't be able to do anything about it".
He's even launched an online petition against it. (It offers the added benefit of providing the Greens with contact information for those who share their concerns.)
"Their over-the-top exaggerations of wealth and prosperity from an up-start LNG industry were never grounded in reality," the party claims. "They are prioritizing the industry at a time when LNG prices are plummeting and the global market is already oversupplied—with even more uncertainty ahead."
The Greens also accuse the B.C. Liberals of "giving away our province's natural gas resources to a foreign state-owned, multinational corporation".
However as long as the forests are ablaze across B.C., the Petronas deal is unlikely to lead television newscasts.
That's because a 25-year business arrangement doesn't provide pictures that are nearly as compelling as a wildfire near Pemberton.