The Canada Steel Industry Association says the methane emissions that have been detected at its facilities are “not concerning.”
“There’s no concern at all,” said Kevin Gourley, president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Steel Pipefitters.
“They are a well-regulated industry that operates in compliance with all applicable regulations.”
The association has issued a statement to the National Post in which it says the industry is “aware of reports of methane leakage in the steel industry.”
“We are taking this situation seriously and are working with the government to address the issue, as well as with industry stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition of this process,” the statement reads.
The association says it has also been notified of methane emissions detected in its facilities in Ontario and Quebec.
“We take this very seriously,” Gourly said.
“It’s a concern for our members.”
The industry association has also issued a public apology on its website.
The statement reads: “We know that our industry members and their employees are well-trained to respond to the needs of their clients.
We acknowledge that our members are taking the safety and well-being of their employees very seriously.
We sincerely apologize to our members and wish to make it very clear that this is not a concern of the industry.”
Gourley said he expects to meet with representatives from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the government this week to discuss methane emissions and the Canadian Steel Association’s concerns.
NDP critic for energy and the environment, Jagmeet Singh, says the issue is concerning for the steel sector.
“This is a really serious concern.
The fact that this happens in one of our most prosperous industries is really concerning,” Singh said.”
It’s not just a concern in the industry, it’s really concerning for everybody in the country.”
He says it also concerns the government and it’s “disgraceful” that the industry has yet to do anything to address methane emissions.