Target: Honourable Mary Polak, Minister of Environment
Goal: Stop a liquefied natural gas plant from harming people and wildlife in a sensitive fjord network
A proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant will threaten the quality of air and water in a sensitive ocean inlet. This project is still in the planning stages so now is the crucial time to act on this important issue. The plant is nothing more than further support for nonrenewable energy.
Located in British Colombia, Canada, the Woodfibre LNG Plant seeks to process and export millions of tons of liquefied natural gas. Liquefied natural gas is natural gas that has been cooled to -323°F (-162°C) for easy pipeline transport. This process requires large amounts of energy, approximately 140 megawatts of electricity. Currently, the plant does not have a definite answer as to the type of energy source that is going to be used to power this process. Hydro and gas are the two energy sources under consideration. A representative for the plant had explained the final decision will depend on economics. If the plant decides to use gas for power, air quality is at risk. There will be an increase in carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides, all known greenhouse gases. More greenhouse gases emitted into our atmosphere enhance the disastrous effects of climate change as well as add particulates into the air that cause health problems related to the lungs and heart.
The LNG plant could easily be hydro-powered from its proposed location on Howe Sound, a system of fjords. However, Howe Sound has had a history of industrial abuse and contamination. The plant threatens to degrade this special, natural area. Howe Sound is home to a variety of wildlife such as marine mammals and diverse bird species. Dolphins and whales are even making a comeback into the area from cleanup efforts and restoration. Adding the LNG plant to Howe Sound will reverse these efforts by the risk of contamination through a gas or waste leak.
By signing this petition, you are urging British Colombia’s Minister of the Environment, Mary Polak, to deny the approval to operate a liquefied natural gas plant on Howe Sound’s shoreline.
Dear Minister Polak,
Howe Sound has had a history of industrial abuse and contamination. Although many cleanup efforts in the area have improved the quality and integrity of the region, a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant threatens the wildlife through the risk of a leak, and will degrade the air from toxic emissions. Dolphins and whales are now appearing in the waters of Howe Sound after fifty years of absence, but the operation of the Woodfibre LNG plant could change that.
Liquefied natural gas demands a huge amount of energy. If gas is the chosen power source, an increase of greenhouse gas emissions is a result. Climate change is real and the effects are accelerated by greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. The greenhouse gases most commonly expected to be emitted from this gas-powered plant also threaten human health. Nitrogen and sulfur oxides are known to cause fine air particulates, disturbing the lungs and heart. The LNG plant will degrade the integrity of Howe Sound and the quality of British Colombia’s air.
I am urging you to please take action to deny the request to operate a LNG plant on the shore of such a diverse yet sensitive network of fjords.
[Your Name Here]
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