LNG

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is LNG really that bad?
  2. Where can I learn more about LNG, and the links between fossil fuels, climate change, and public health?
  3. How does LNG production impact me?
  4. I’m mad about climate change. How can I take action?
  5. Why did you make a film noir?
  6. Is any of this film true?
  7. Was that David Suzuki?
1. Is LNG really that bad?

LNG is bad for human health, bad for the environment, bad for BC’s economy, and contributes to climate change.

LNG is primarily made up of methane, a greenhouse gas 80 times more potent than CO2 in the short term and 30 times worse in the long term. Methane leakages and venting occur at various points in the supply chain, including along pipelines. If built, the operational and upstream emissions of BC’s six LNG projects would make up 40% of the province’s 2030 emissions target. Expanding fossil fuel infrastructure in the midst of a climate crisis runs counter to science and common sense. 

Future demand for LNG is highly uncertain. It’s likely that BC is investing in a product the world soon won’t want. The International Energy Agency states that there is no need for new fossil fuel investments in a world that reaches net zero by 2050. The BC government also provides LNG projects with billions in subsidies – $5.5 billion for LNG Canada alone – further cutting potential benefits for British Columbians. 

To meet the province’s definition of “net-zero”, LNG projects will require vast amounts of hydroelectricity. Diverting BC’s electricity to LNG means less is available for households and cleaner industries with more promising economic outlooks. 

Producing LNG requires fracking, which is harmful to public health and linked to rare cancers, asthma, and low birth rates. Fracking is also harmful to the environment, using millions of litres of fresh water and causing earthquakes.

LNG won’t help BC reach its economic, climate or energy goals.

2. Where can I learn more about LNG, and the links between fossil fuels, climate change and public health?

Get started with these links to news articles, analysis and an upcoming webinar.

3. How does LNG production impact me?
  1. Health issues
    • Fracking: Studies have shown that fracking can cause health problems including trouble breathing, skin irritations, and headaches. In places where fracking is frequent, hospitals see increased visits for skin and breathing issues.
    • Air pollution: Making LNG can release methane into the air, which can lead to breathing problems and other health concerns. Some reports say millions of people in the U.S. are breathing unclean air due to oil and gas operations.
  2. Water worries
    • Fracking: When industry fracks for gas, they inject a mix of water, chemicals, and sand into the ground. This can pollute the water underground that many communities rely on for drinking, agriculture, hydroelectricity and a healthy environment. Studies have found higher levels of chemicals in water near fracking sites.
  3. Money matters
    • Subsidies: The BC NDP gives massive subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, including LNG projects. This money comes from taxpayers and could be used for things like healthcare and schools. Reports show that Canada and other G20 countries give billions to the fossil fuel industry every year.
    • Higher bills: Building LNG infrastructure costs a lot of money, and that cost often gets passed down to you, the consumers. This means you might end up paying more for your energy bills.
  4. Climate change
    • Greenhouse gases: LNG is mostly made of methane, which is a big contributor to climate change. Using and making LNG can make climate change worse, leading to more extreme weather and problems with food and water.
  5. Community displacement
    • Land Use: LNG projects need a lot of space, which can mean moving people out of their homes and disrupting their lives. This can be tough on families and communities.

In short, LNG production can have a big impact on your health, wallet, and overall well-being. Moving toward cleaner energy sources is key to reducing these impacts and building a better future for everyone in B.C.

4. I’m mad about climate change, how can I take action?
  1. Contact your MLA and tell them you want to stop subsidizing LNG, stop investing in LNG infrastructure, and ban misleading fossil fuel advertising.
  2. Report misleading ads. (The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment has a great toolkit to report greenwashing).
  3. Share! Tell your friends about the dangers of LNG by sharing this post on social media with the hashtag #banfossilfuelads

Protect our health. Protect our planet. Demand truth in advertising. Ban fossil fuel ads.

5. Why did you make a film noir?

Because it’s fun! Working on serious issues every day can take a toll on your mental health, and taking an hour break to film this trailer did wonders to reinvigorate the BC Green Caucus. Plus, this film is a great way to raise awareness about issues that matter, like climate change.

6. Is any of this film true?

This film (trailer, really) is a work of fiction. Any connection to real people or events is entirely coincidence.

7. Was that David Suzuki?

Yes.