Fixing Canada's Environmental Assessment Process Received Dec. 03, 2016Submitted By: Bradley Fulton December 28, 2016
We need an environmental process that is open, scientific, and thorough, recognizing that everyone deserves clean air and water. And the cumulative effects on the environment must be examined too -- in particular, the effect on climate change. If possible, it would be useful to examine the overall effect of new projects. If a project is exporting tar sands oil for new power plants, that's a lot of additional carbon into the atmosphere. And if it's being exported in tankers, the risk of a spill would be a huge negative for the project. If a pipeline is transporting LNG for export to replace coal power plants, the overall effect could reduce carbon. If a pipeline is used to replace rail and tankers, the reduction of risk of accidents or spills might justify it.
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