The Quebec cupboard dominated Wednesday that GNL Québec, a $ 14 billion mission to carry Alberta pure fuel to the Saguenay space, the place it is going to be liquefied for export.
“You can’t see the sunshine of day,” mentioned Setting Minister Benoit Charette at a press convention within the metropolis of Saguenay.
The Workplace of the Minister for Pure Sources, Seamus O’Regan, mentioned in an electronic mail assertion on the choice that “completely different jurisdictions face completely different choices about what their future power combine ought to appear to be”.
Canada is working to “cut back greenhouse fuel emissions from upstream fuel manufacturing to downstream liquefied pure fuel (LNG) amenities with the purpose of creating Canada the cleanest LNG producer on the earth,” mentioned the O’Regan workplace.
GNL Québec, which can also be the title of the mission working firm, mentioned in an announcement it was “disenchanted and stunned” by the federal government’s determination and referred to as its proposed LNG port “the greenest and most sustainable on the earth”.
Environmental Protection group welcomed the choice, saying, “Quebec demonstrated true management immediately by rejecting a brand new fracked fuel export mission.”
It isn’t clear that GNL would have used Québec fractured fuel because it had not but chosen its pure fuel provider.
Charette attributed the federal government’s determination on the mission, submitted by Symbio Infrastructure Restricted Partnership of California and initially sponsored by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway funding firm, to a few failed checks.
First, an evaluation by Quebec’s Bureau Audiences Publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE), the province’s workplace for public environmental hearings, discovered the mission would generate as many further greenhouse fuel emissions per yr as 3.3 million extra vehicles on Canada’s roads.
A second evaluation by the Quebec Setting Division additionally concluded that it could not cut back greenhouse fuel emissions within the province, whereas the mission additionally didn’t have an settlement with the First Nations who lived within the space on which it is going to be constructed ought to.
Pure fuel producers in western Canada, dealing with stress to interchange fossil fuels with renewables, have tried to make use of LNG as a “transition gas” to interchange coal in thermal energy technology because it produces 50 p.c much less carbon dioxide.
The important thing markets for LNG are due to this fact in Europe and Asia, the place coal is widespread.
About 90 p.c of Western Canada’s pure fuel exports at the moment are destined for the USA.
Qatar within the Persian Gulf is now the main exporter of LNG. Quick access to Qatar ports means decrease prices as there isn’t any want for in depth pipelines.
When requested if one other mission to provide LNG in Quebec might be acceptable as a transition gas, Charette mentioned, “We’re very open” to engaged on new LNG tasks “underneath sure situations”.
However the approval course of for any new LNG mission would take “a number of years”.
Buffett’s funding firm initially earmarked $ 3.8 billion for the mission, however withdrew final yr after protesters minimize off delivery by blocking practice traces.
The protests have been in assist of the opponents of Moist’suet’en First Nation of the TC Vitality Coastal GasLink pipeline to produce two LNG tasks in Kitimat, BC.
An settlement between GNL Québec and the French financial institution Société Générale, which was on the lookout for European traders, was just lately damaged off.
The Innu First Nations of Mashteuiatsh, Pessamit and Essipit mentioned they concluded after the BAPE report that the mission wouldn’t proceed and whereas GNL Québec mentioned it was nonetheless open for negotiation, the Innu bands mentioned they’re able to take authorized motion to assist the mission.
Quebec Prime Minister François Legault was a supporter of GNL Quebec and advised the Quebec Nationwide Meeting final February that the mission may “save the planet”.
Legault endorsed the proposed $ 14 billion funding within the Saguenay fuel liquefaction facility and port, in addition to a 780 kilometer pipeline extension from Northern Ontario to Saguenay.
CORRECTION: In an earlier model of this story, Benoit Charette was named Quebec’s Secretary of Vitality fairly than Secretary of the Setting. This story was up to date at 9:20 pm