Liberals aware of LNG impacts: NDP
The BC NDP says documents show the provincial government knows LNG expansion will affect emissions targets. (FILE PHOTO)
The B.C. New Democrats are demanding the provincial government release its plan for liquefied natural gas emissions after obtaining documents showing Victoria knows the industry will prevent targets from being reached.
Documents released through freedom-of-information legislation show the provincial government has known since at least 2012 that a major expansion of the LNG sector could put greenhouse gas targets firmly out of reach.
The documents are from an information briefing prepared for former Environment Minister Terry Lake in 2012. They quote a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives raising concerns about LNG development emissions.
“The long and the short of it is the ministry said the CCPA is right,” said BC NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert. “If all the LNG terminals come about, the greenhouse gas emissions will be so high that they will break our climate change emission reduction law and there’s no way we can meet that emission reduction in other sectors of the economy.”
The CCPA report, titled The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, details concerns over natural gas being released into the atmosphere during drilling and concerns over other emissions related to LNG development.
But the Ministry of the Environment said Wednesday it is “within reach” of its targets, but admitted there are challenges ahead.
It also said the CCPA is an independent organization and the information in the report is the organization’s opinion.
The BC NDP said it’s concerned about what other information Victoria has learned about LNG that they are not acting on. The party intends to push the government to release a plan about how to lower the emissions if LNG hits the touted expansion levels, Chandra Herbert said.