Nova Scotia approves LNG plant

Nova Scotia approves LNG plant


Nova Scotia approves LNG plant

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia granted conditional approval Friday to a proposed liquefied natural gas plant in Goldboro, clearing another hurdle for the terminal that’s slated to be operational in six years if Pieridae Energy Canada decides to proceed with the project.

Environment Minister Randy Delorey said the Calgary-based company must abide by 40 conditions if it goes ahead, which includes working with his department to find ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at each phase of the project. Other conditions are intended to protect wetlands and wildlife, he said.

“I am confident any potential environmental issues can be addressed and the economic benefits of this project can be realized,” he said in a statement.

Earlier this month, an environmental panel gave conditional approval for the project, which the company said Friday is estimated to cost US$8.3 billion in capital spending.

The province’s Utility and Review Board will have the final say on whether the project can go ahead.

Company predicts 200 long-term jobs

Pieridae said it anticipates the terminal will create up to 3,500 jobs during its construction and 200 full-time workers will be needed to operate the plant.

The company said it will make a final will decision on the project in 2015 and, if it proceeds, the terminal will be operational in 2020.

“We are very pleased to receive environmental assessment approval, which is an important milestone toward development of Goldboro LNG, ” said Alfred Sorensen, the company’s president and CEO.

Power plant for LNG terminal could affect harbour habitat

In addition to the LNG facility, the project also includes a 180 megawatt gas-fired power plant, a water supply intake and pipeline for a potable water supply from a nearby lake, and a marine wharf and jetty. The jetty would extend into Isaac’s Harbour, which includes habitat for lobster, fish and sea urchins.

The company said it will work with local residents, First Nations and the Environment Department as it works to meet the conditions placed on the project, which include management plans on air emissions, greenhouse gas and wetlands. It must also establish a fisheries advisory committee.

Project would raise province’s carbon emissions by 18%

The three-member environmental panel that reviewed the project said it would result in a number of “residual effects” on the environment, such as an increase in the province’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 18 per cent above 2010 levels by 2020. It says a number of fisheries in the general area would be compromised as well.

The environmental panel said it believes the economic benefits tipped the scale in favour of the project’s development.

Its report said the Goldboro project is projected to contribute 0.5 per cent of the annual national greenhouse gas emissions for Canada and that provincial emissions and targets must be carefully considered. The panel said Pieridae argued the increase will be offset largely by foreign customer’s replacement of coal by the company’s natural gas.

In its submission to the panel, the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre asked for the project to be “dismissed outright” by the Environment Department because its 2020 emissions would make it nearly impossible for Nova Scotia to reduce its overall emissions 10 per cent below 1990 levels by that same year.


4 thoughts on “Nova Scotia approves LNG plant

  1. Well, I guess natural gas power vs coal or oil is a bit “cleaner”. Solar and wind are still a few decades away from being a viable reliable alternative. Eventually we’ll get there. Hopefully it won’t be too late………

    1. Yes, natural gas doesnt’ result in soot being produced.
      Natural gas is better re greenhouse gasses if the natural gas isn’t obtained by fracking. Fracking fractures the earth in a fairly wide area, and a fair amount of natural gas isn’t caputured, so goes into the air. Natural gas is a greenhouse gas. So in the big picture, fracked natural gas is about the same in terms of greenhouse gas as is coal.

      1. Natural gas is not better than coal. It is the same or even worse for greenhouse gases. The answer is not one over the other but we must reduce greenhouse gases now or see the end of civilization.

        Natural gas is made up mostly of methane. Methane is 20 times more effective at baking the planet than carbon dioxide. With fracking and multiple gas leaks in pipelines it is speeding up global warming. A Cornell University study published in 2011 in the publication, Climatic Change outlines these facts. A study of Boston city gas lines found recently over 4000 gas leaks. Most cities have similar problems.

        We are only a decade and a half away from runaway climate change which will create huge upheavals, mass extinction of half the species on the planet will be underway including our own, failed states, massive starvation, and billions of people moving north to escape the heat and failing agriculture in the equator region.

        Any child born today will likely end their lives by starvation.

        … and our politicians do nothing except dismiss scientists from their jobs.

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