Carl Meyer, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
British Columbia’s two dominant political parties are backing liquefied natural gas development as part of their re-election campaign platforms.
Continue reading Election 2020: BC Liberals would expedite LNG export projects
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“In the absence of major action to reduce emissions, global temperature is on track to rise by an average of 6 °C (10.8 °F), according to the latest estimates. Some scientists argue a “global disaster” is already unfolding at the poles of the planet; the Arctic, for example, may be ice-free at the end of the summer melt season within just a few years. Yet other experts are concerned about Earth passing one or more “tipping points” – abrupt, perhaps irreversible changes that tip our climate into a new state. But it may not be too late to avoid or limit some of the worst effects of climate change.” – NASA
Many scientists believe we have seven years to avert the worst ravages of the impending Climate Crisis. Even if they are wrong, it is clear that British Columbia must transition to cleaner energy sources. Should the BC government continue to pay out close to $1 billion a year in fossil fuel subsidies and tax cuts?
Continue reading Election 2020: Should BC keep giving fossil fuel companies subsidies and tax cuts?
By Carl Meyer, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
A new report is raising questions about the long-term viability of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry around the world as the Trudeau government continues to signal support for one such project in British Columbia.
Continue reading Report calls Long Term Viability of LNG Into Question
By Natalia Balcerzak, The Narwhal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
There are currently seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in various stages of proposal, planning and construction in B.C. To feed those facilities, B.C. is anticipating an explosion in the amount of fracking in the province’s northeast at the same time as it’s trying to get a handle on one of the gas industry’s worst climate offenders: methane emissions.
Continue reading Methane Emissions: One Of The Gas Industry’s Worst Climate Offenders
By Roy L Hales
Some of PSE&G’s (PSE&G) natural gas pipelines were laid down a century ago. The New Jersey utility continued using cast iron until the 1950s. Now there is approximately one methane leak for each of the pipeline’s 3,900 miles. Though PSE&G intends to replace the entire cast iron and unprotected steel infrastructure, this is too costly ($1.5 million to $2.0 million per mile)to do overnight. With the help of new technology developed by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Google and Colorado State University. PSE&G is natural gas pipeline emissions by 83% in the area surveyed area, while replacing about 1/3 less mileage to do so.
Continue reading Reducing Natural Gas Pipeline Emissions 83%