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LNG power plant threatens BC’s emissions targets

At least one of the BC government’s three proposed liquefied natural gas plants in Kitimat is to be powered with greenhouse gas-emitting natural gas.


January 5, 2012
by Canadian Press

VICTORIA: At least one of the BC government’s three proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants in Kitimat is to be powered with greenhouse gas-emitting natural gas.

Energy Minister Rich Coleman says plans are already in the works to power two plants with clean-burning hydroelectricity, but the third LNG plant will likely be run with natural gas from the province’s northeast.

Coleman says the province is tweaking the current hydro grid to provide power for the first two plants, but the third and largest LNG plant will likely require natural gas as its primary energy source.

There are concerns the third plant threatens BC’s law to cut greenhouse gas emissions by one-third by 2020, but he says the government is considering storing the emissions underground.

Simon Fraser University climate scientist Mark Jaccard says any plan to use non-renewable energy such as natural gas to create jobs ultimately increases global warming and threatens future generations.

Premier Christy Clark said recently that she doesn’t want to be known as the premier who gives up leadership on the environment, but that the promise of jobs and revenues is testing her green resolve.

© 2012 The Canadian Press