Quebec nixes LNG plant that will have carried Western Canadian pure fuel to markets abroad | CBC News

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The Quebec authorities has refused to approve building of a liquified pure fuel (LNG) facility within the Saguenay, north of Quebec City, following years of opposition from residents, Indigenous communities and environmental specialists.

The choice, introduced at this time by Environment Minister Benoit Charette, successfully kills a $14-billion venture that will have carried pure fuel from Western Canada throughout Quebec to the Saguenay port, then shipped it to markets abroad.

Premier François Legault’s authorities had initially been a proponent of the venture, which it believed would convey high-paying jobs to the province. 

Criteria for approval not met, ministry says

But the federal government additionally set out three standards for approving the pure fuel facility: it had to assist with the transition towards greener types of vitality, decrease greenhouse fuel emissions and have ample public assist.

Charette mentioned an evaluation by his ministry decided the Énergie Saguenay venture could not meet the primary two standards. They did not trouble analyzing the third.

“It is a project that has more disadvantages than advantages,” he mentioned at a information convention in Saguenay.

Legault’s cupboard had voted hours earlier, cementing the choice to not assist building of the power.

The $14-billion venture was composed of a plan to construct a 780 kilometre pure fuel pipeline from northern Ontario to Saguenay, and a separate venture to construct a plant to liquify the fuel in Saguenay and cargo it onto tankers.

Wednesday’s choice involved solely the LNG plant, however Charette acknowledged that with out the plant there can be no want for the pipeline.

‘It is a venture that has extra disadvantages than benefits,’ Quebec Environment Minister Benoit Charette, seen right here in November 2020, mentioned Wednesday. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Charette acknowledges disappointment possible in West

The pure fuel would have come from Western Canada. Charette mentioned he anticipated many there, particularly in Alberta, can be disenchanted by Quebec’s choice.

But he pressured that Quebec wasn’t the one jurisdiction on this planet to look critically at pure useful resource tasks.

“To our friends from Alberta, we say, let’s work together on other kinds of projects, on cleaner projects,” he mentioned.

The Quebec authorities’s preliminary enthusiasm for the venture grew to become tough to keep up as main monetary backers withdrew their assist and environmental issues mounted. 

In March, the province’s impartial environmental assessment company issued a report that was crucial of the plans to construct a plant and marine terminal within the Saguenay.

The venture was more likely to improve greenhouse fuel emissions in Canada by eight million tonnes yearly, the company concluded.

Last month, federal environmental companies decided the venture, which might contain giant tankers transiting alongside the Saguenay River, threatened beluga whales.

And final week, three Innu communities vowed to oppose the venture due to the unfavourable impression it might have on the surroundings.

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