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Three communities in Canada’s far north are going to great lengths – literally – to join the liquefied natural gas world.
Tantalized for 40 years by great Arctic oil and gas discoveries in their neighborhoods but facing more years of pipeline-project uncertainty, utilities in Inuvik, Whitehorse and Watson Lake are planning to import gas from the other direction – the south – by trucking it in from over a thousand miles away. The first deliveries should happen as soon as this winter.
A variety of catalysts have sparked these and similar small-scale LNG projects. Technology improvements that lower costs. Reduced emissions that address social and political pressures. And a biggie, especially in North America: Burning natural gas rather than oil-based fuels can save money.