LNG project could blow Canada’s climate commitments

LNG tanker (Credit: Amanda Graham via Flickr)

Canadians were proud of our country’s leadership during the December climate talks in Paris, especially for advocating that nations try to limit warming to 1.5 C.

Since Paris, Canada has been working on ways to meet emissions targets. Projects like the Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas export terminal proposed for Lelu Island at the mouth of the salmon-filled Skeena River near Prince Rupert, B.C., risk entrenching us further in the fossil fuel industry that is escalating the threat of climate change.

The science says that when upstream emissions (e.g., from extraction, processing and transportation) from natural gas developments are factored in, this project would make it virtually impossible for B.C. to meet its climate targets. The situation could be even worse as methane emissions from this project are likely underestimated.

B.C. and Canada are not on track to meet their existing targets. If we’re serious about meeting our climate commitments, the federal government must reject a project that would be one of the largest carbon polluters in the country.


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