CEAA: PNW LNG climate impacts serious, irreversible

Thanks to everyone who submitted comments to CEAA!

For the first time ever the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has estimated the upstream GHG emissions from a fossil fuel export project — Pacific Northwest (PNW) LNG in Prince Rupert.

CEAA issued a remarkably blunt Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on PNW.  Here is some of what they had to say about the project:

The upstream greenhouse gas emissions estimate of 6.5 -8.7 million tonnes of CO2e per year can be characterized similarly to the direct emissions: high in magnitude, continuous, irreversible and global in extent.

The Agency concludes that the Project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects as a result of greenhouse gas emissions…

This was a unique opportunity to test our new government’s commitment to climate action!  Over 400 people used this website to ask CEAA not to approve Pacific Northwest LNG.  View their comments here.

Some key points to raise when commenting to CEAA:

  • Call on CEAA to reject the project, given their conclusion that it will cause irreversible harm to the climate.
  • Applaud the Agency for considering the upstream GHG emissions from the PNW project in the Draft EA.
  • Ask the Agency to clarify exactly what sources of methane leakage they include and to justify the leakage rate they use in their estimate of upstream emissions. Ask them to include estimates of methane leakage from fracking, production, processing and transport of natural gas.
  • Ask the Agency to clarify the global warming potential (GWP) factor for methane used in their emission calculations.  Ask them to use the most recently updated 20 year GWP for methane in their analysis.  We are dangerously close to climate tipping points now and analysis of near term impacts are crucial.
  • Ask the Agency to take their analysis one step further — estimate the  downstream emissions from the export, regassification and combustion of the LNG.  The damage done to our climate doesn’t stop when the LNG leaves our shores.

More detailed info on the GHG emission analysis provided by ECCC to CEAA can be found here.

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