Pembina reacts to Woodfibre LNG environmental assessment decisionLNG projects in B.C. threaten to put climate targets out of reach

March 18, 2016

The development of liquefied natural gas projects, such as Woodfibre LNG, will make producing credible plans to meet Canada's and B.C.'s emissions targets much more challenging. Image: Courtesy Environmental Assessment Office.

VANCOUVER — Josha MacNab, B.C. director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna’s approval of the Woodfibre LNG project in Squamish, B.C.:

“Approval of this project moves us in the wrong direction in terms of lowering B.C.’s and Canada’s carbon pollution. Carbon pollution from this project would represent 7% of B.C.’s legislated 2050 emissions target, making the target more challenging to reach.

“If built, the overall impact of the project will be larger than necessary because of untapped opportunities to reduce emissions from the associated upstream gas. For these opportunities to be fully tapped, gaps in the policy framework need to be closed and existing policies need to be strengthened. This approval represents a missed opportunity to address these shortcomings in B.C.’s climate policy.

“Furthermore, the production and export of LNG from B.C. has not been demonstrated to help reduce global emissions. Stronger climate policies — not increased fossil fuel production — are what we need to position the Canadian economy to thrive in a low-carbon future.”



Stephen Hui
Communications Lead, Pembina Institute


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