Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Conservation Group Cites Vancouver-Style LNG Air Pollution in B.C. Northwest

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Conservation Group Cites Vancouver-Style LNG Air Pollution in B.C. Northwest

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Conservation groups says B.C. LNG not clean

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VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark says her government is paying close attention to the potential air and water pollution impacts of proposed liquefied natural gas projects in northwest British Columbia, but environmental groups say the Liberals are tacitly endorsing projects that will contribute to health and environmental problems in the Kitimat area.

Clark, who embarked on her fourth international trade mission to Asia to sell LNG overseas Thursday, said her government is in the process of developing an environmental policy for B.C.'s natural gas industry.

"We are paying close attention to the total greenhouse gas emissions, the total particulate emissions," said Clark. "The impact on water, on all of those legitimate concerns that people have. We intend to have the cleanest LNG facilities in the world. I think we can get there."

The premier has boasted that the industry represents a trillion-dollar economic opportunity that could create up to 100,000 jobs.

SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, a northwest B.C. environmental organization concerned about the area's wild salmon ecosystem, released a report Thursday that estimated three proposed Kitimat LNG plants will burn 2.5 times more natural gas than is consumed in Metro Vancouver annually.

The report, "Air Advisory: The Air Quality Impacts of Liquefied Natural Gas Operations Proposed for Kitimat, B.C.," concluded LNG plants permitted to operate primarily with natural gas will collectively burn 60 per cent of all the natural gas burned annually in B.C.

The report concluded nitrogen oxide emissions from the LNG plants would increase 500 per cent above existing levels. Nitrogen oxide emissions create acid rain, which harms waterways and fish and creates smog, which causes respiratory problems for children and the elderly, the report states.

The report also concluded natural gas driven LNG plants will increase emissions in the Kitimat area of volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide.

"The LNG industry could adopt alternative designs and technologies to keep air emissions low while still producing fuel," the report stated. …

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