A multi-billion dollar tug-of-war over Canada’s Arctic

Cobalt and the leak-prone LNG pipeline that will feed the project have become the most controversial pieces of the $11.1bn deal between Rio Tinto and the Chinese mining giant Chinalco. Regulators have spent nearly five years investigating the project, which looks set to expand its liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in the British Columbia capital of Vancouver and Cape Lloyd, Nova Scotia, north of Halifax.

The plan to supply British Columbia with electricity from the plant, capable of powering a million homes, has won major environmental and community support, but has faced intense opposition from some environmental and fishing groups.

Clues: First, the hazards of power plants and of oil pipelines. Later, governments and regulatory agencies don’t have complete information.

We present a deeper look at the idea of the “extreme energy product” as it relates to the Arctic in both the Pacific Northwest and the Maritimes.

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