'Clean' LNG would produce large-scale emissions
BC Premier Christy Clark has repeatedly promised the world's cleanest LNG industry. But what would that look like when the projects are underway?
"If we don't ask all the (proponents) to reduce their carbon footprint of British Columbia with what they propose, we'll be nearly equal to the oil sands and that's unacceptable to the people of British Columbia," said Merran Smith, director of Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada.
A dozen-plus plants are proposed for the province's coast. Gas would come primarily from the province's northeast. Some of it is bound for Oregon. Nine BC proposals have already been granted export permit licences by the National Energy Board and, along with pipeline proposals to move gas from the northeast's gas fields, are in various phases of the approvals process, including environmental assessments.
What Clean Energy Canada found, though, in a study of two BC proposed plants and technologies is that emissions would be triple that of plants in Australia and Norway.
The report found a BC facility using similar technology would produce 0.96 metric tons of emissions for each ton of gas produced.
On March 11 , BC's Environmental Assessment Office ordered a comment period for the assessment of the BG Group's Prince Rupert LNG.
• Woodfibre LNG - 1.2 million metric tons;
• WCC LNG - 30 million metric tons;
• Pacific NorthWest LNG - 19.6 million metric tons;
• BC LNG - 1.8 million metric tons;
• Kitimat LNG - 10 million metric tons;
• LNG Canada - 24 million metric tons;
• Aurora LNG - 24 million metric tons;
• Triton - 2.3 million metric tons; and,
• Prince Rupert - LNG 21.6 metric tons.
According to Alberta Energy, 2010 statistics for Alberta's oilsands indicate mining and upgrading facilities accounted for 28.1 megatonnes while 19 oil sands in-situ facilities accounted for 18.7 megatonnes.