nas, the Pacific North West project was
expected to export 19. 2 million tonnes
of LNG but folded when analysts claimed
that the current supply from countries
like the U.S. and Australia was already
more than enough to meet the current
No one can mention the term “
pipeline” without immediately bringing to
thought the litany of environmental concerns that comes with such a project –
and LNG Canada is no different. Disturbance to habitat, increased extraction
activities (in this case including hydraulic
fracking) and increased shipping traffic
on delicate coastal ecosystems all have
to be considered when going ahead with
this project. Furthermore, the projected
increase in greenhouse gas emissions
for the extraction and treatment of the
natural gas is expected to be between
3. 5 million and 8. 6 million tonnes of car-
bon dioxide, 9 not great when we take into
consideration B.C.’s emissions reduction
targets. Proponents of the pipeline point
out that the revenue from the project can
be used to create innovative production
methods and create a more sustainable
industry, but how much of the revenue is
expected to be reinvested into the proj-
ect remains to be seen. Finally, LNG Can-
ada claims it received the support of 25
First Nations whose land will be affected
by the proposed pipeline route, although
protests and opposition are still present
in some regions. 10
Regardless of whether the LNG
Canada project goes ahead as planned,
the Canadian fossil fuel industry will no
doubt look incredibly different a decade
from now. Only time will tell if the “fossil
fuel crisis” we face will be one of too little
supply, or too much.
Emma Jones is the
and marketing coordi-
nator of FVB Energy Inc.,
a consulting company
specializing in district
energy and CHP busi-
ness development, engineering and mar-
keting, with offices in Toronto, Edmonton,
Vancouver and Ottawa in Canada; Minne-
apolis and Seattle in the U.S.; and various
cities in Sweden. She holds an Honours
Bachelor of Science degree from the Uni-
versity of Toronto and a Bilingual Honours
Bachelor of Arts from Glendon College of
York University. Jones may be reached at
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