LNG - Fracking

Elizabeth McSheffrey
Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna speaks at the 2016 Globe Series in Vancouver, B.C. on Wed. March 2, 2016. Photo by Elizabeth McSheffrey.

The federal department, Environment and Climate Change Canada, has given the green light to the controversial Woodfibre LNG project, ruling on Friday that the proposal is "not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects."

Barry Saxifrage
BC climate targets vs Pacific NW LNG emissions

A Pan-Asian partnership, lead by the Malaysian government's Petronas corporation, is proposing to build a massive liquid natural gas (LNG) project on BC's north coast: Pacific NorthWest LNG.


The decision whether to approve or reject this proposal is now in the hands of Prime Minister Trudeau. It will be his first major climate-vs-fossil test. And it is a doozy.


After a lengthy regulatory process, a final decision on Pacific NorthWest LNG’s proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal on British Columbia’s coast looks set to be referred to the federal cabinet because of its impact on Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Vaughan Palmer
A liquefied natural gas tanker is loaded at the Cheniere terminal in Cameron Parish, La., where a new LNG terminal is expected to supply most of the North American export capacity for the next eight years. Photograph by: MICHAEL STRAVATO , NYT

VICTORIA — As Premier Christy Clark marks her fifth year in office, U.S. regulators have served up some discouraging news about the current prospects for selling North American liquefied natural gas in Asian markets.

The latest setback happened Friday when the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) turned thumbs down to an estimated $9.5 billion LNG project in Oregon for lack of evidence of any overseas market for the stuff.

Mark Hume
An artistic rendering of Pacific NorthWest LNG’s proposed LNG export terminal on Lelu Island.

“The project would result in 5.28 million tonnes of CO2 per year … a marked increase of greenhouse gas emissions both at the provincial (8.5 per cent increase) and national (0.75 per cent increase) level,” 

When Premier Christy Clark dismissed opponents of resource developments in B.C. as the “forces of no,” she singled out for specific criticism those aligned against the proposed LNG facility at Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert.

Shawn McCarthy
Mody Torres of Select Energy Services monitors water tanks at a Hess fracking site near Williston, North Dakota (ANDREW CULLEN/REUTERS)


The federal government will impose regulations to cut methane emissions in the oil and gas industry by as much as 45 per cent as part of a bilateral climate deal announced Thursday during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official visit to Washington.

Gord Hoekstra,

More than 100 Canadian and U.S. scientists have concluded a federal environmental assessment of the $12-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal is "scientifically flawed" and represents an "insufficient base for a decision."

Claudia Cattaneo

CALGARY • Malaysia’s Petronas is frustrated that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s climate-change priorities are introducing new uncertainty for its proposed $36 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project in northern British Columbia and has threatened to walk away if it doesn’t get federal approval by March 31, according to a source close to the project.

Companies are wiggling out of money-losing contracts to buy electricity from coal-fired power plants in Alberta as a result of the province’s new climate change policies, leaving a provincial agency to honour the agreements

Andrew Nikiforuk
Cartoon by Greg Perry.

Cartoon by Greg Perry.

Three things don't add up in the British Columbia budget when it comes to declining revenues from the battered shale gas industry and its non-existent cousin, the province's liquefied natural gas fantasy.

The first concerns revenue. Premier Christy Clark promised in 2013 that profits from the LNG industry would pour like manna into a $100-billion provincial prosperity fund.

Andrew Duffy
From left, Tom Sampson of the Tsartlip Nation speaks at a news conference with Tsartlip Chief Don Tom, Pauquachin Chief Rebecca David and Tsawout Chief Harvey Underwood, who vowed to fight an LNG plan by the neighbouring Malahat First Nation.   Photograph By DARREN STONE - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/saanich-inlet-first-nations-united-in-fight-against-proposed-lng-plant-1.2188114#sthash.7YP7ZWm2.9o6HHFMg.dpuf

From left, Tom Sampson of the Tsartlip Nation speaks at a news conference with Tsartlip Chief Don Tom, Pauquachin Chief Rebecca David and Tsawout Chief Harvey Underwood, who vowed to fight an LNG plan by the neighbouring Malahat First Nation.   Photograph By DARREN STONE 

The Saanich Peninsula First Nations are promising a battle on the land, the sea and in the courtroom if Steelhead LNG plans to go ahead with a liquefied natural gas plant on the former Bamberton development lands.


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