Canada Global (Web News) The Canadian Gas Association is being looked at by the federal Competition Bureau to see if it made false claims regarding the effects of natural gas on the environment.
The agency announced on Thursday that it had opened an investigation into the industry lobby group’s “alleged misleading marketing activities.” Six members of the environmental advocacy group Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment filed a complaint, which served as the impetus for the investigation (CAPE).
The Canadian Gas Association, whose members include businesses like Enbridge Inc., FortisBC, and ATCO, is accused by the complainants of deceiving the public with its “Fueling Canada” marketing campaign.
The initiative encourages the use of natural gas as a low-emission energy source. The lobby group claims that “Canada’s natural gas sector works 24/7 to deliver affordable, clean, and reliable energy for families and companies” on the campaign’s website.
Natural gas is not, according to the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, as “clean” as the advertising campaign makes it out to be. The organisation claims that natural gas is a fossil fuel that contributes to global warming in a news release.
According to Dr. Melissa Lem, a member of CAPE and one of the complainants, “the extraction and manufacturing of gas also pollutes the air and contaminates water sources, while closer to home, gas appliances produce indoor air pollution and represent a major health risk for children’s respiratory health.”