Quebec rejects $14B LNG project over environmental concerns

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By John Woodside 

After a groundswell of opposition to GNL Québec’s multibillion-dollar natural gas project, the provincial government has rejected the plan. Now advocates say it’s time for other governments to follow suit.

The $14-billion proposal would have moved fracked natural gas from northern British Columbia and Alberta to a liquefaction plant and export terminal at the Port of Saguenay. The company was aiming to export 11 million tonnes per year. GNL Québec said it would be a carbon-neutral facility by offsetting its “direct” greenhouse gas emissions, and that it would help offset dirtier pollutants, like oil or coal, around the world.

But as the public learned more, opposition grew. More than 120,000 Quebecers signed a petition against it, and 648 scientists, 250 health professionals, 40 economists, three Innu communities, and all opposition parties were publicly opposed to the project.

Environment Minister Benoit Charette said the province was not convinced the LNG plant would lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The promoter has not succeeded in demonstrating this, on the contrary,” he told reporters, adding the government is worried it would discourage natural gas buyers elsewhere from moving to cleaner energy sources.

“This is a project that has more disadvantages than advantages,” he said.
Quebec’s decision to reject the LNG export facility is understood to be a death blow to the Gazoduq pipeline that would have linked the new export facility to the pipeline network stretching to Alberta.
Editors Comment:

Does this make John Horgan a climate denier? How many fracking operations can BC accommodate anyway?


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