LNG: Our Coast's Newest Threat
Pacific Wild is pushing for a tanker ban in the Great Bear Sea - one that includes LNG tankers. Our goal is to achieve a legislated ban on all tanker traffic in the Great Bear Sea, to preserve the ecological integrity of the marine environment and the recovery of threatened whale populations in the region.
Send a Message telling Premier Christy Clark that northern B.C. deserves a better future than LNG exports.
Premier Clark is staking B.C.’s economic future on a massive increase in natural gas extraction and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Asia, including at least 5 new pipelines across northern B.C. and 5 new export terminals on the coast. Why oppose this dream of an economic boom, based on “clean” energy exports?
If current proposals went ahead, 40,000 – 50,000 new shale gas wells would be drilled in northeastern B.C. and at least 5 new pipelines would be built, destroying agricultural land and wildlife habitat in their footprint.
Methane, one of the most powerful greenhouse gases, escapes during the fracking and liquefaction processes, making shale gas one of the worst fossil fuels for climate impacts.
If 5 new liquefaction plants went into operation on the north coast as planned, they would add approximately 73 million tonnes of atmospheric carbon, more than doubling B.C.’s total carbon footprint by 2020, according to research by the Pembina Institute.
Experts have conservatively estimated that 39,000 new fracked wells would draw and then pollute as much water as the City of Calgary on an annual basis, an estimated 582 billion litres of water.
Petronas Power's LNG liquefaction plant planned for the Skeena River could damage salmon spawning habitat in the Skeena Estuary. Plants in Prince Rupert and Kitimat, if powered by burning natural gas, could result in local air pollution and acid rain, which would also have an impact on salmon.
The huge increase in tanker traffic associated with LNG exports will result in marine acoustic pollution levels that will degrade cetacea habitat, as well as more collisions with threatened marine mammals.
There is no existing process for an environmental assessment of the cumulative impacts of all of these wells, pipelines and plants, as well as dozens of new mines, hydroelectric transmission lines and run-of-river projects proposed for northern B.C. With the Liberal government putting so much emphasis on LNG, it is doubtful whether the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office can produce unbiased recommendations for these projects. In addition, Premier Clark amended BC's Clean Energy Act in 2012 without debate, to make LNG liquefaction emissions exempt from reporting.
- BlogJun 3, 2017
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