Category Archives: LNG

Canada Delaying Urgently Needed Methane Regulations

The ECOreport reposts an Op-ED about Canada delaying urgently needed methane regulations

Originally Published on the Wilderness Committee

Today’s announcement by the federal government delaying urgently needed methane regulations has no justification and is dangerous to our climate, charges the Wilderness Committee.
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Studies Find Canada’s Methane Emissions Are Drastically Underreported

The ECOreport looks at two alarming new reports, studies find Canada’s methane emissions are drastically underreported

By Roy L Hales

Some consider natural gas preferable to other fossil fuels “because it emits 50-60% less carbon dioxide (CO2) during combustion.” But over the course of its’100-year lifespan natural gas’ primary component has “a radiative forcing greater than 30 times that of CO2.”1 According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Methane is responsible for 25% of already observed changes to Earth’s climate.” Two new studies find Canada’s methane emissions are drastically underreported.

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  1. Emmaline Atherton et al, “Mobile measurement of methane emissions from natural gas developments in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada“, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2017-109, in review, 2017, p 2

The Dark Side of BC’s Oil & Gas Industry

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about the province’s #1 emitter, The Dark Side of BC’s Oil & Gas Industry

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

We’ve long known extracting oil and gas comes with negative consequences, and rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, increases the problems and adds new ones — excessive water use and contamination, earthquakes, destruction of habitat and agricultural lands and methane emissions among them.

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Christy Clark’s Liberals Attack Vancouver’s Attempt To Limit Emissions

The ECOreport looks into why Christy Clark’s Liberals attack Vancouver’s attempt to limit emissions

By Roy L Hales

The future of Vancouver’s new Green Building Rezoning Policy is already uncertain. As of this morning, there is an emissions cap on all new construction and buildings applying for rezoning. There are several ways developers “can meet the energy efficiency and emissions targets (50 per cent decrease in GHGs).” They can use “better insulation, thicker windows, and better design, as well as opting for renewable energy.” However the largest cause of the city’s emissions is natural gas and so  Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals attack Vancouver’s attempt to limit emissions.

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Will BC’S LNG Exports Reduce Global Emissions?

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ed pertaining to Christy Clark’s credibility, Will BC’S LNG Exports Reduce Global Emissions?

Originally Posted on the Pembina Institute

By Josha MacNab

The claim that B.C. LNG will result in emissions reductions in China is one that British Columbians have heard repeatedly over the past four years. The story by now should be familiar: producing and shipping liquefied natural gas from B.C. will be good for the global climate.

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Regional Groups Urge Candidates: Take A Stand On LNG Risks

The ECOreport reposts an appeal, Regional Groups Urge Candidates: Take A Stand On LNG Risks

Press release from My Sea to Sky, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC), Skeena Wild and Saanich Inlet Network

REGIONAL GROUPS TO ELECTION CANDIDATES: TAKE A STAND ON LNG RISKS — outreach effort encourages voters to ask candidates for LNG safety and security regulation

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US Shale Industry Cash Flow Neutral For First Time

The ECOreport reposts from the natural gas sector, US shale industry cash flow neutral for the first time

Originally Published on Oilprice.com

By Nick Cunnigham

Oil prices are probably already high enough to spark a rebound in shale production.

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US Shale Faces A Reality Check

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED from the fossil fuel sector, US Shale Faces A Reality Check

Originally Posted on Oilprice.com

By Nick Cunningham

The collapse of oil prices has forced the U.S. shale industry to slash production costs. In order to improve the “breakeven” costs for the average shale well, the industry has deployed three general strategies: improving techniques and technology, such as drilling longer laterals or using more frac sand; focusing drilling on the sweet spots; and demanding lower prices from oilfield service companies. All three of those strategies led to a decline in the breakeven price for a shale wells.

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Reducing Natural Gas Pipeline Emissions 83%

The ECOreport looks at the role a Google Street View mapping car had reducing New Jersey’s natural gas pipeline emissions 83%

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Some of PSE&G’s (PSE&G) natural gas  pipelines were laid down a century ago. The New Jersey utility continued using cast iron until the 1950s. Now there is approximately one methane leak for each of the pipeline’s 3,900 miles. Though PSE&G intends to replace the entire cast iron and unprotected steel infrastructure, this is too costly ($1.5 million to $2.0 million per mile)to do overnight. With the help of new technology developed by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Google and Colorado State University. PSE&G is natural gas pipeline emissions by 83% in the area surveyed area, while replacing about 1/3 less mileage to do so.

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Protect The Columbia From The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery!

The ECOreport reposts the video & script from “Act Now: Protect the Columbia from the world’s largest methanol refinery!

Press release from Columbia Riverkeeper

We’ve launched our newest short film, “Act Now: Protect the Columbia from the world’s largest methanol refinery!” calling on Washington Governor Jay Inslee to deny this project
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