LNG is not a transition fuel
In the shift away from coal-fired power and other dirty fossil fuels, gas has been promoted as the affordable transition fuel that can help bridge the gap to widespread clean energy. While gas may have fewer emissions than coal, the benefits stop there. In Canada, 80 per cent of gas is fracked, which raises significant social and ecological justice concerns related to Indigenous rights, public health, air and water contamination, methane emissions, and more.
New fracked gas operations and terminals to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) lock us into emissions for decades to come at a time when we need to be winding down fossil fuel operations and investing in energy sources that will get us to net-zero emissions by 2050.
There are several current proposals for new gas operations across Canada, including frack wells and pipelines, terminals to export LNG, open pit mines to extract silica for fracking, gas-fired power plants, and gas storage. Each of these proposed projects has serious implications for the land, water and climate. Today we offer resources and actions to learn more about fracked gas and the campaigns opposing these proposed projects.
- KAIROS is pleased to release its latest fact sheet: LNG and Fracked Gas in Canada. This resource is intended to introduce the landscape of fracked gas in Canada with simple information that can guide self-learning, advocacy and conversation.
- Read BC’s Carbon Conundrum: Why LNG exports doom emissions-reduction targets and compromise Canada’s long-term energy security (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
Learn more about current LNG and fracked gas projects in Canada and support a grassroots campaign to stop fracking or new gas operations:
- Stop Alton Gas – campaign to stop a gas storage facility on the Shubenacadie river
- Ontario Clean Air Alliance – campaign to phase out Ontario’s gas plants
- Camp Morning Star – sacred camp on Hollow Water traditional territory to protect the land from a proposed Frack Sand mine
- Friends of Tilbury – community working to stop the Tilbury LNG expansion
- Read about the Coastal Gaslink pipeline