HALIFAX – A coalition of environmental groups is calling on Ottawa to reject any proposals to build liquefied natural gas export facilities on Canada’s east coast.
The coalition, which includes the Sierra Club Canada Foundation and Climate Action Network Canada, released a statement today suggesting that Canadians oppose such projects because of their “climate-devastating emissions” and potential financial risks. .
Calgary-based Pieridae Energy has been promoting the construction of a multibillion-dollar LNG terminal in Goldboro, Nova Scotia, since 2011, but it put the project on hold last summer.
The company, which could not be reached for comment, had planned to obtain natural gas from Western Canada by pipeline and then ship it by tanker truck to European customers, but the idea failed when LNG prices fell last year.
However, since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, demand for natural gas has increased amid fears the Russians will cut off their supply to Europe, and Germany in particular.
Other LNG terminal projects in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are also attracting renewed interest.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 4, 2022.
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