Clean Energy Canada has released a landmark assessment of British Columbia's proposed LNG industry – The Cleanest LNG in the World? Here is an excerpt from its Executive Summary:
Over the past year and a half, the Government of British Columbia has signalled that it intends to keep its low carbon leadership position—and the reputational benefits it provides—by repeatedly stating that its proposed new liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry will produce “the cleanest LNG in the world.”
“Clean” is a subjective term that should properly capture a wide range of potential aquatic, marine, air, and biodiversity impacts across the fuel production cycle—such as the ecosystem risks associated with increased groundwater withdrawals and fracking activity to extract shale gas to the smog from the plants that compress the gas into LNG.
While these are important areas for further study, this paper limits its scope to carbon pollution, and specifically government assertions that British Columbia’s industry “will have lower life cycle greenhouse gas emissions than anywhere else.” Until this report, no independent definition has yet attempted to explain what “cleanest LNG in the world” actually means, and what it will take to deliver on it.
This report concludes that without policy leadership, LNG produced in British Columbia would emit more than three times the carbon pollution of that produced in current world-leading operations. The finding is based not only on the emissions of the proposed LNG plants, but on the carbon footprint of the commodity they would produce—from wellhead to waterline.
Read a Globe and Mail article here.
In May 2014, Clean Energy Canada released this infographic that clearly depicts how a "clean" approach to LNG would minimize the environmental impacts of the industry while maximizing the social and economic returns.