FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) November 1, 2018 – Yesterday, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board approved the Goldboro LNG terminal, owned by Calgary-based Pieridae Energy. The terminal would import natural gas from fracking outside of Nova Scotia, compress it and ship it to world markets. This approval comes one week after the details of Nova Scotia’s Cap and Trade system were released.
“LNG threatens to blow the top off of any greenhouse gas emissions targets we set for ourselves, and would be far-and-away the largest single source of emissions in Nova Scotia”, said Stephen Thomas, Energy Campaign Coordinator with the Ecology Action Centre (EAC).
In addition to the Goldboro LNG terminal, the province is actively promoting three other LNG plants in the province. Based on the province’s own benchmarks, these four plants could emit more than 7.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gases, which is significantly more than the entire electricity system in Nova Scotia today.
The Goldboro plant alone could emit more than 2.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, which would erase all of the emissions reductions achieved by the province from renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in the last five years.
“To me, it is ridiculous for our province to take two years to develop a Cap and Trade system, that has very clear targets, and then jeopardize those same targets the very next week with this approval,” said Thomas. “It isn’t fair to Nova Scotians, or to the rest of the sectors that are part of the Cap and Trade system.”
The EAC estimates that the Goldboro terminal would import more than ten times the amount of natural gas that is currently used in Nova Scotia today, mostly from fracking sites in Quebec and Western Canada.
The EAC is a partner on the 2030 Declaration, which calls for ambitious climate change targets for 2030, and support for workers and communities transitioning to the green economy. The 2030 Declaration target of 50% below 1990 levels by 2030 is estimated to create more than 30,000 jobs in Nova Scotia.
“Multi-billion dollar fossil fuel export projects simply are not the right path for a prosperous economy in Nova Scotia”, said Thomas. “We need to continue with supporting job-creating local industries like renewables and efficiency, not risky mega-projects like this, that don’t stand to benefit Nova Scotians or our climate long-term.”
Energy Campaign Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre