What you need to know

August 20, 2015:

Steelhead LNG and Malahat First Nation announced partnership agreement to develop a gas liquefaction plant and shipping terminal located at Bamberton in the Saanich Inlet.

If approved:

The facility will liquefy 6 million tonnes of gas per year, filling a carrier every 3-5 days for up to 25 years. The terminal will be powered by a gas fired generator and will have tremendous negative social, environmental and economic impacts.

What is LNG?

LNG, or liquefied natural gas, is primarily methane gas that has been cooled and condensed into a liquid so it can be stored and transported. 'The process of making LNG is complex, involving a highly flammable gas that is chilled and condensed. Once the gas has been cooled to temperatures below minus 160 degrees Celsius it forms into a liquid. Liquefied methane occupies one six-hundredth the volume of its gaseous state, and can be stored and transported in great volumes.' (Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee, 2017)

It is a very high-emission fuel because it is burned or released into the atmosphere throughout the production process. In most cases, this process begins with the environmentally damaging and carbon-intensive extraction method known as fracking.