GNL Québec is proposing to build a 750-km-long gas pipeline by the company Gazoduq, a gas liquefaction plant by the company Énergie Est and a marine terminal to export natural gas by supertankers. The project would see Western Canadian fossil fuel exported to global markets via Abitibi, Témiscamingue, Haute-Mauricie, Lac-Saint-Jean, Saguenay, the Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence. The proposed route crosses territory inhabited by First Nations for millennia and the communities of Matheson, Timmins and Kirkland Lake in Ontario.
The GNL Québec project would exacerbate our climate crisis by opening up new markets to North American natural gas, a fossil fuel. This project alone would generate 7.8 million tonnes of GHG, enough to cancel out Quebec’s GHG reduction efforts. The gas transported by a 750-km pipeline would be primarily from fossil origins and extracted by fracking, an unconventional technique of hydrocarbon production that contaminates drinking water sources, results in methane leaks and even causes earthquakes. Not only is this project incompatible with our climate commitments but it also threatens life on the territories it would cross. The survival of more than 30 vulnerable or endangered species of plants and animals would be at risk because of the pipeline itinerary and gas operations.
Quebec and Ontario must say NO to this new project, reminiscent of Energy East!
This mega project cannot happen. Just like Energie Est, Trans Mountain, Teck and others, this project goes against our climate ambitions and objectives, it threatens life in all its forms and will add fuel to the climate crisis. We must put efforts and money into a green and just recovery that means clean and renewable energy, and not finance this sort of destructive projects.