Analysing the economic, social and environmental impacts of developing BC’s natural gas resources.

BC has an abundance of shale gas reserves with market potential, including the development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export market.
This project addressed many unknowns about shale gas development including; the impact to water security; the impact of proposed LNG projects on BC’s legislated GHG reduction targets; how different energy sources to liquify natural gas affect GHG levels at LNG terminals; the cumulative impacts of natural resource development on northern communities[RM1] ; and BC’s late arrival to the global natural gas market.

Big Five Project:  Began December 1, 2014 / Project Duration: Four years

Research Partners

Principal Investigators

Diana Allen

Professor, Dep. Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Nancy Olewiler

Principal Investigator, Professor, School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University



Dylan Hereema

Senior Analyst & Researcher, Community Energy Initiative, Ecotrust

Solution Seekers

  • BC Hydraulic Fracturing Scientific Review Panel
  • BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
  • BC Ministry of the Environment
  • BC Oil and Gas Commission
  • Treaty 8 First Nations