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ACTIVIST CLAIM: Anti-LNG Activist in Quebec makes the claim that GNL Quebec project will harm beluga whales.
THE FACTS: The project’s impact assessment found that the effects from the GNL Quebec on sound and on the marine mammal population would be insignificant.
Translation: Legault’s cabinet has a difficult decision coming up. The choice is heartbreaking, I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes.
“Shale gas pipeline from Alberta” “The belugas”
Here are some talking points and sources to have a reasonable conversation about GNL Quebec:
- Despite claims that shipping will increase underwater noise and disturb the habitat of beluga whales, an impact assessment found that the effects from the GNL Quebec on sound and on the marine mammal population would be insignificant.
- According to their impact assessment, GNL Quebec is expected to save 28 million tonnes of GHGs worldwide every year bringing more responsibly produced western Canadian natural gas to the world.
- GNL Quebec and local First Nations communities that could be affected by Gazoduq have signed engagement agreements to support collaboration on environmental assessments along the pipeline’s path to ensure their rights are respected and their concerns accommodated.
- GNL Quebec will bring in around $805 million in economic benefits per year and $110 million in tax revenue each year that will go to things like roads and health care while reducing global emissions.
- The International Energy Agency notes that “on average, gas generates far fewer greenhouse-gas emissions than coal when generating heat or electricity, regardless of the timeframe considered.”
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Indigenous groups are competing for ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline. The latest bid comes from the Western Indigenous Pipeline Group partnering with Pembina Pipeline Corp for a 50/50 stake. Project Reconciliation objective is now a 75% stake in the pipeline, eventually moving to full ownership.