Expert warns Pacific NorthWest LNG would emit 360 million tonnes of carbon dioxide

A rendering of the Pacific Northwest LNG project.

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — A professor at Simon Fraser University says that the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project will hurt Canada’s chance of hitting climate change targets far more than previously forecast.

The CBC is reporting that Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld, an associate professor of geography at Simon Fraser University who has studied climate change, says that the cumulative effects of the project’s greenhouse gas emissions were underestimated. Dr. Zickfeld says that Pacific NorthWest LNG will emit 360 million metric tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime.

Earlier this year, a group of international climate change experts spoke out against the project, warning it would become one of Canada’s top greenhouse gas emitters if built. That would in turn make it impossible for B.C. to meet greenhouse gas emissions targets.

In a Vancouver federal courtroom Tuesday, the SkeenaWild Conservation Trust argued that the proposed export terminal on Lelu Island not only failed to assess salmon habitat but ignored the real impact on climate over a 30-year span, pointing to Dr. Zickfeld’s claims. SkeenaWild is one of several groups fighting to have Pacific NorthWest LNG’s federal environmental assessment certificate overturned in court.

Story courtesy CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/skeena-wild-pacific-lng-gas-bc-project-controversy-liberals-1.4199775.