4 weeks, 40+ interviews, 6,000+ photographs: independent journalist Marine Caleb and myself investigated the “Énergie Saguenay” industrial project in Québec (Canada) in September 2019.

Natural gas extracted through fracking in the Alberta province is brought to Montreal via the TC Energy Pipeline. Somewhere along the way, in Ramore (Ontario), a new pipeline could be connected to the existing one. “Gazoduq”, a canadian company, aims to transport the Albertan gas 784 kilometers all the way to Saguenay (Québec), where it would be liquefied in the “Énergie Saguenay” industrial plant. From there, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) would be shipped over to China, Europe and Latin America, supposedly to support the transition from coal to green energy. GNL Québec, the mother company, claims that the whole process could remove up to 80 megatons of CO2 from the atmosphere yearly, thanks to green technology and carbon compensation.

But — there is a but — opponents fear potential pollution in both air, water and soil, risking the existence of wildlife such as the elk or the protected Beluga population of the Saguenay Fjord. Also, they tell us of stories of lobbying (GNL Québec has hired 27 lobbyists), tax evasion (the holding is based in Delaware and many investors are not clean), geopolitics (the biggest investors are Americans close to the Republican Party and China), and colonialism (many First Nations oppose the project).

We documented what we saw, from Montréal to Saguenay to Ramore, driving more than 3,000 kilometers through gold mines, endless forests, lakes and small towns.

Read our articles:

From Montréal to Ramore: 60 photographs

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