The B.C. government claims an independent study on the Kitimat Airshed sides with industrial growth, as long as it’s properly managed.
An assessment looked at twelve scenarios involving the effects of sulphur and nitrogen emissions, including of a proposed oil refinery and four proposed liquefied natural gas facilities.
Environment Minsiter Mary Polak says it show that the facilities won’t harm people or the environment, as long as emissions standards are met.
“What it tells us is that for any industrial development in the Kitimat airshed, we will have to ensure that our permitting takes into account the impact on the airshed, the information we have in this study will guide us.”
Polak was asked why particulate matter and greenhouse gases emissions weren’t included. She says those issues will be looked at in separate studies.