Letter to the editor 4, June 8, 2017

Pollution concerns

Dear Editor,

Ottawa must stand against the oil and gas industry to stop methane pollution. Researchers recently discovered that methane emissions from the LNG/fracking sector are at least 2.5 times higher than the government estimates, meaning the LNG/fracking industry is much dirtier than we've been told.

LNG/fracking is the largest source of climate pollution in B.C. The natural gas/fracked gas industry is intentionally releasing methane into the air 24 hours a day. Most of these emissions are not being measured, monitored or reported.

The federal government just released its strategy to reduce potent methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. Unfortunately, the strategy includes a delay we can't afford. Since we now know the real climate impact from the industry is much bigger than reported, these regulations need to be stronger and implemented sooner.

Methane is 84 times more potent as a climate pollutant than carbon dioxide and has a relatively short lifespan, so reducing methane emissions will have a quick and major impact on protecting our climate. It's time to invest in the clean energy economy. LNG/fracked gas is not a reasonable transition fuel.

Meryl Pinque Pointe-Claire

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