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Quebec rejects an LNG plant that would have transported natural gas from Western Canada to overseas markets

Quebec rejects an LNG plant that would have transported natural gas from Western Canada to overseas markets

The Quebec government refused to approve the construction of a natural gas installation in Saguenay, north of Quebec City, after years of opposition from citizens, Indigenous communities and environmental experts.

The decision, announced today by Environment Minister Benoit Charette, is almost certain to end a $ 14 billion project that would have transported natural gas from Western Canada through Quebec to port of Saguenay, then send it to overseas markets.

The government of Prime Minister François Legault had initially been a promoter of the project.

But in March, the province’s independent environmental review agency released a report that criticized plans to build a plant and marine terminal in Saguenay.

The project was likely to increase greenhouse gas emissions in Canada by eight million tonnes per year, the agency concluded.

Last month, federal environmental agencies determined that the project, which would involve large tankers transiting the Saguenay River, threatened beluga whales.

And last week, three Innu communities swore to oppose the project because of the negative impact it would have on the environment.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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