Pacific NorthWest LNG approval is step backward for climate action in CanadaPembina Institute reacts to environment minister’s decision on B.C. LNG project

Sept. 27, 2016

VANCOUVER / COAST SALISH TERRITORY — Matt Horne, associate 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 Pacific NorthWest LNG project:

“With today’s decision on the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, Minister McKenna made it much more difficult for Canada to meet its climate targets and signaled that it’s OK for provinces to miss their own emissions targets. If built, Pacific NorthWest LNG will be one of the largest carbon polluters in the country and a serious obstacle to Canada living up to its climate commitments.

“The project as designed fails two critical tests from a climate perspective. First, the carbon pollution from the project has not been minimized. Even with the conditions included in the approval, the project would still be significantly higher polluting than other LNG proposals in the province (31% higher than LNG Canada, and 75% higher than Woodfibre LNG). These other proposals demonstrate that better performance is possible. Second, B.C. is already projected to miss its climate targets by a wide margin and the province’s new climate plan did little to solve the problem. Pacific NorthWest LNG simply does not fit into a credible plan for B.C. to achieve its legislated climate targets.

“Despite claims to the contrary, 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 British Columbian and Canadian economies to thrive in a low-carbon future.”


Join the conversation on Twitter: #PNWLNG @Pembina


Kelly O’Connor
Communications Lead, Pembina Institute


Op-edFeds must rectify B.C.’s failure to limit Pacific NorthWest LNG emissions

Infographic: Pacific NorthWest LNG: B.C.’s climate plan fails to limit emissions

Letter: Pacific NorthWest LNG’s carbon pollution under B.C.’s new climate plan

Webinar: The Issues With PNW LNG in B.C.

Submission: Pacific NorthWest LNG: A serious test of Canada’s climate commitment


Our perspectives to your inbox.

The Pembina Institute endeavors to maintain your privacy and protect the confidentiality of any personal information that you may give us. We do not sell, share, rent or otherwise disseminate personal information. Read our full privacy policy.