Énergie Saguenay’s LNG project in Quebec will cause negative impacts, according to Canada’s regulator


In the wake of the Quebec government’s rejection of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) proposal, Énergie Saguenay encountered another negative opinion from a federal regulator.

The latest release follows that in July by the province’s environment ministry for the proposed LNG Quebec terminal and the Gazoduq pipeline.

“The project is likely to cause significant, direct and cumulative adverse environmental effects,” according to a draft assessment released Wednesday by the Canadian Impact Assessment Agency (IAAC).

The agency’s 269-page report, similar to the province’s rejection, identified “significant effects” on greenhouse gas emissions, marine mammals such as beluga whales and Innu First Nations. The site of the proposed LNG terminal is located 277 miles east of Montreal.

“Moderate effects” were predicted for other animal habitats, as well as for vegetation, wetlands, tourism and human health.

The “negative impacts of moderate to high severity” could also erode Aboriginal and treaty rights protected by Canada’s constitution, the IAAC wrote.

The agency offered no hope that the US $ 10.6 billion project, sponsored by GNL Quebec, would go ahead even if the national government accepted the environmental risks and granted its approval to aspects of federal jurisdiction.

The IAAC noted that “the government of Quebec has announced that it is rejecting the project,” a decision formalized by the provincial cabinet decree, which was released in mid-August.

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“Despite the decision of the province of Quebec, the proponent has indicated its intention to continue the environmental assessment of the project by the agency. However, the proponent must obtain all federal and provincial approvals and permits necessary to allow the project to be carried out.

The IAAC has set October 22 as the deadline for public comments on its assessment.

Pieridae Energy Ltd. set aside in July another proposal on the east coast, the US $ 10 billion Goldboro LNG project in Nova Scotia.

Meanwhile, a candidate from Newfoundland stepped forward Tuesday to transport gas exports from Canada’s Atlantic coast. LNG Newfoundland & Labrador Ltd., Miawpukek First Nation, First Nations Major Projects Coalition and Premier Andrew Furey unveiled a “framework agreement” for the C $ 10 billion ($ 8 billion) development project named LNG-NL.


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