Saying no to new fossil fuel infrastructure: Goldboro LNG

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Goldboro LNG is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefication and export facility proposed for construction on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. The company behind the project is Pieridae Energy.The project would bring natural gas sourced in Alberta and delivered through several thousand kilometres of pipelines across Canada and the eastern United States to Nova Scotia, where it will be liquefied at the Goldboro plant and exported by ship to international markets, particularly Germany.

Once operational, it is estimated the facility would emit 3.78 megatonnes (MT) of new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the atmosphere annually, based on the initial project proposal. This would make Goldboro LNG the largest GHG emitter in Nova Scotia. This project as initially proposed would make it virtually impossible for Nova Scotia to meet its current and future emission reduction targets.In July 2021, Pieridae Energy announced it had failed to secure the money needed to move the project forward as originally envisioned. The news came after environmental groups including Ecojustice, community organizations, and people across Canada urged the federal government to reject Pieridae’s request for $1 billion in financial assistance for the project; this includes more than 4,000 Ecojustice supporters who sent letters to the federal government.

Pieridae has signaled that it will continue to look for ways to break ground on Goldboro LNG and governments have shown they are willing to pour public money into harmful fossil fuel projects, even in a climate crisis. Pieridae’s CEO Alfred Sorensen indicated the project may move forward at a reduced scale. So the Ecojustice team’s work on this file will continue.

We have pushed for the project to undergo a full federal impact assessment and have also launched a lawsuit seeking greater scrutiny of the road realignment necessary for the project’s construction.

Ecojustice is taking action to ensure this harmful fossil fuel project won't be built. Continuing to establish new fuel projects will undermine global climate progress and impede the ability of provinces and the federal government to meet key climate commitments.

Nova Scotia has passed legislation setting more stringent climate goals (minimum 53 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero by 2050). For the same period and baseline, the federal government recently announced an increased target of 40-45 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 on top of its existing goal of net-zero by 2050.

Introducing new fossil fuel infrastructure to the province would undermine gains made to date in curbing GHG emissions.

What would a victory mean?

Ensuring that Goldboro LNG and projects like it don’t proceed would be a significant win for local communities, the environment, and both Canada’s and Nova Scotia’s climate goals.

Preventing the GHG emissions from this project will help protect Nova Scotia and Canada’s ability to meet their long-term climate reduction goals.

 

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