Coalition communicates importance of Canadian LNG to emissions reduction

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Crystal Rhyno, Assistant Editor, Daily Oil Bulletin
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Canada has the potential to help the worst polluters in the world get off coal with its abundant supply of natural gas. The country’s unofficial unique brand of producing the most responsible natural gas in the world could propel Canada into the role as a significant global player in the race to mitigate greenhouse gases.

To realize how important a new industry such as LNG is to Canada, you need look no further than the LNG Narrative Group. This organization was formed by the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR), Resource Works, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) and JWN Energy (publishers of the Daily Oil Bulletin and jwnenergy.com). The purpose of this coalition is to prepare a compelling narrative to all Canadians on the importance of this transformative industry on behalf of all stakeholders — business, First Nations and government.

Two special reports have been published to detail Canada’s LNG opportunity:

Bill Whitelaw, president of JWN, observed the need to ensure that this new-generation industry does not suffer from well-organized external forces seeking to restrict and potentially eliminate Canada as a global energy producer. The coalition is committed to ensuring that all interests are at the table and that all voices are heard moving forward.
For CSUR, this narrative means ensuring that the technology of how gas is explored for and subsequently produced is at the foreground and that fact-based and objective science is continually communicated.

“We have the best drilling, completion, production and regulatory processes in the world,” said Dan Allan, the president and CEO of CSUR. “The rest of the world turns to us to learn and emulate. We need to be proud of our environmental performance in the production of our energy. We need to expand our markets beyond the United States and begin to have an impact on insatiable global energy requirements while contributing to the reduction of global GHG emissions that will incur as we displace other energy sources that are high carbon-intensive.”

Dinara Millington, vice-president of research for the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI), agrees that Canada needs to expand its market horizons beyond the U.S.
“Historically it was fine,” she says. “That was how [the] market developed and the U.S. was the largest consumer of oil and gas. Things have changed. They are now our number one customer and number one competitor.”

Millington says there is a lot of opportunity out there but market access is a legitimate concern for all Canadian resources.

“For us to be able to impact this dialogue, we really need to be visible on the global scene and we are not,” she says. “Canada does not have any LNG projects. Canada does not have any pipelines to tidewater that could really augment global trades and flow of the molecules. I think that really is number one. I think we need to really step it up and become a global player.”

Susannah Pierce, external affairs director for LNG Canada, says it is important to recognize the world is in an energy transition to reduce greenhouse gases. “We have the things that can lead towards a pretty unique brand as it relates to generating low-carbon content energy, which then can be used to displace higher carbon content sources of energy,” says Pierce.
 

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