A coalition of citizen organizations and environmental demands the intervention of the prime minister of Québec, François Legault, in order to obtain an environmental assessment to the overall project of plant for the liquefaction of natural gas in the Saguenay, as well as for the pipeline system of 700 km that intend to achieve the subsidiaries of LNG Quebec.
The Coalition Fjord has summoned the media on Wednesday to denounce the way in which the proponent Gazoduq, the subsidiary created by LNG Quebec for the project of gas pipeline of 700 kilometers, it takes to “escape” to an environmental assessment overall. The company has thus decided to submit to the governments of two independent projects, even if the pipeline and the liquefaction plant are a all.
The Coalition Fjord counts on the support of organizations such as Nature Quebec, Greenpeace and the world wide Fund for nature, to name a few. These organizations have been at the forefront of the opposition to the Energy project, which has been condemned by the prime minister Legault.
“We include always, no plant without a pipeline and no pipeline without the factory. The prime minister François Legault has to intervene to get a single evaluation. We want to know the impacts of the beginning to the end of the project, ” said Anne Gilbert-Thévard, a spokesman for the Coalition Fjord.
His co-spokesperson, Adrien Guibert-Barthez, for its part, denounced the strategy of the promoter, to launch a consultation in the middle of christmas. At this time, the government of Quebec is asking citizens to decide on the content of impact studies to come to the project of gas pipeline of 700 kilometers which will link eastern Ontario in the Grande-Anse terminal.
“People have 30 days to decide, and the form does not allow to properly express themselves. It consists of only three boxes that contain 250 words, ” adds Adrien Guibert-Barthez.
In the framework of this evaluation, the pressure groups would have us measure the impacts in the canadian West that will result from the hydraulic fracturing of the sub-soil to extract the shale gas, the impacts of the construction of the pipeline, the risks associated with an lng terminal and liquefaction plant, as well as the increase of the navigation of the St. Lawrence–Saguenay.
“To announce a 30-day consultation on 19 December, on the eve of the Holidays, it is bad faith, a sham to make people believe that one will seek the consent of the people essential. This consent to gas projects does not exist. As we have seen, in December, in the survey commissioned by the proponent, ” resumed Anne Gilbert-Thévard, who does not see how public opinion could be turned around, despite the communication strategies put in place.
The world wide Fund for nature see a larger problem, taking into account all of the industrial projects that are currently under study in the corridor of the Saguenay. The organization note of the contradictions in this vision of the development of this axis shipping.
“When you cumulate the project with other industrial projects on the Saguenay, it is inconsistent with the Act, the species at risk act, which protects the habitat of the St. Lawrence beluga, an endangered species. It is also in contradiction with the Strategy of maritime du Québec, which provides for the creation of marine protected areas and limiting the impacts of navigation, ” says Sophie Paradis, director for quebec of the world wide Fund for nature.
The opponents of regional in this project are aware that it will be difficult to stand up to this developer. The elected municipal officials and members of the government Legault have already referred to the investments in the order of 14 G $ that would result from the realization of this project in two phases.
A STUDY Of IMPACT “IN THE COMING WEEKS”
(Pierre-Alexandre Maltais) – in Front of the output media of the opponents of the project, Energy Saguenay, LNG Québec pointed out that it would submit its environmental impact study on the environment, including ” a comprehensive analysis of emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions “, in the course of the next few weeks.
Developed in Montreal by researchers independent scholars, this life cycle analysis will take account of the totality of the process and the chain of operation, from mining to the export of natural gas, through the pipeline transportation and the liquefaction, ensures the director of communications Energy, Saguenay, Stéphanie Fortin.
This last reminds us that Energy Saguenay has ordered a voluntary basis, this study in order ” just to have a complete and global view of all GHGS related to the project. “
According to the law governing the activities of the Office of public hearings on the environment (BAPE), the hearings are set project-by-project. The proposed liquefaction plant and the pipeline are two separate projects which must be submitted separately, at different times, according to the company.
“We believe that the holding of two BAPE ensures that the public can have more precise information and opportunities to get informed and ask questions. Energy Saguenay and Gazoduq are two separate projects, and both BAPE allow them to better address regional concerns and local “, says the spokesperson of the company.
A POPULAR PRESSURE ESSENTIAL
(Dominique Gobeil), Jean Baril, director of the quebec Centre for environmental law (CQDE), the demand of environmental groups for the LNG project Quebec will be assessed in its entirety, and jointly by the federal and provincial authorities, is absolutely legitimate.
The CQDE is an independent non-profit organization, whose mission is to inform citizens about their environmental rights, and not to take a position on the merits of a project.
“That is advocated everywhere in the world in environmental law, it is to evaluate all components of a project at the same time. Without the pipeline, the liquefaction plant is not interesting, and without the plant, the pipeline, either. However, if one assesses the impact of the factory two years after they have started the construction of the pipeline, it becomes absurd to deny the project, ” analysis Me Barrel, in a telephone interview with The Daily.
In his opinion, it is also logical that the assessment process federal and provincial were held in conjunction with the commissioners of each government authority. “It avoids that citizens are being depleted by multiplying the hearings. It is not a waste of time or money for the promoters. It is better for all the world, and we can have a global picture of the advantages and disadvantages of the project. “
In a context where the proponents of the different aspects of the project are not quite the same, it may be more difficult to obtain a global assessment and joint. “It takes political will, and for the two levels of government are forcing the promoters, it takes the pressure of the people,” writes Jean Barrel. Dominique Gobeil
SYLVAIN GAUDREAULT SUPPORTS THE CAUSE
(Pierre-Alexandre Maltais) – The member of the parti québecois de Jonquière and spokesman of the second opposition in terms of the environment, Sylvain Gaudreault, believes that the Coalition’s demands Fjord are legitimate, he who had raised the importance of a comprehensive study as soon as the announcement of the proposed pipeline at the end of last year.
“I am very pleased to see that environmental groups are supporting the proposal I made at the beginning. Now, I hope that the new minister of the Environment [Benoit Charette] will attempt to mark the occasion. If he wants to show that he believes in the environment, it is the right time, ” believes the member of parliament for Jonquière.