CPABC Industry Update Summer 2014 - Page 29

The concerns in the northeast centre around the added land, air, water, and community impact on top of what is already a significant amount of natural resource development activity occurring in the region. Although the Peace River area does have a completed land use plan, some critics argue that more attention needs to be paid to the cumulative impacts of industrial activity. In communities most affected by LNG development, the cumulative impact conversation is mainly focused on infrastructure stresses and community well-being challenges linked to potential population growth. and other environmental objectives given the opportunity to develop LNG is not a simple one. While critics do highlight some legitimate concerns, we believe the overall cost-benefit analysis is favourable for LNG. There are sizable benefits from LNG development that can serve to inform the planning and trade-off analysis required to ground a conversation about cumulative impacts. While critics often raise concerns over potential impacts and externalities, the benefits are rarely mentioned. A rational discussion of cumulative effects cannot ignore the benefits of economic activity. Ultimately, the critics raise a mixed bag of environmental concerns about LNG development in BC. Some are fairly easy to dismiss, while others, primarily around options to reduce the industry’s GHG footprint and manage cumulative impacts, require further ev