B.C. is moving full speed ahead to develop LNG, but there are still many important unanswered questions about the impacts on B.C.’s economy, communities and environment.
B.C. has made clear commitments to reduce its overall carbon pollution. However, the province also wants to develop a massive liquefied natural gas export industry. The potential carbon pollution from the LNG facilities and associated shale gas extraction and processing would make B.C.’s climate targets unachievable, and would make it exceedingly difficult for Canada to meet its national 2020 target.
We want to see the conversation about LNG in B.C. include the full picture of development — from the LNG facilities in northwest B.C., to the pipelines across the province, to the shale gas wells and processing plants in northeast B.C. We want the public debate to be based on credible analysis and to include the full picture of costs and benefits.
If LNG development proceeds, we want the community and environmental impacts to be minimized, and we expect strong policies from the provincial government to ensure those outcomes.
Getting it right
LNG proponents are getting ready to make their investment decisions, and the provincial government is setting the policy framework for proposed developments. The time to influence those decisions and the overall development trajectory is now.
The Pembina Institute has the expertise to help assess the potential impacts from LNG development, the solutions to mitigate those impacts, and the government actions that would result in those solutions being implemented. We draw upon our relationships with governments, First Nations, communities, oil and gas companies, environmental groups and unions to identify and build support for sensible solutions.