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Pacific NorthWest LNG assessment underestimated risks to salmon, study claims


Juvenile salmon swim in the waters of the Skeena estuary, south of Prince Rupert, B.C. (Tavish Campbell)

Scientific study challenges whether risk to juvenile salmon was properly known but Ottawa stands by decision

By Lisa Johnson, CBC News, November 9, 2016

Federal approval of a controversial liquefied natural gas export terminal on British Columbia’s North Coast underestimated impacts on juvenile wild salmon, according to a new scientific study published today. Read the rest of this entry

Geologist hired to study sediment calls Flora Bank LNG approval ‘science fraud’


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The site of the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG plant, Lelu Island, near Port Edward, Photograph by: , Vancouver Sun

by  Canadian Press, Nov 6, 2016

When Patrick McLaren first pitched a sediment analysis of the port of Prince Rupert, B.C., seabed, he had no idea he would uncover a “mind-blowingly wonderful” 8,000-year-old anomaly underpinning a long-established area of critical salmon habitat. Read the rest of this entry

Save Lelu Island & Flora Banks Fund

by Stop Pacific NorthWest LNG/Petronas on Lelu Island, March 29, 2016

Since August 25, 2015, we have been occupying Lax U’u’la :”place where the seals are” (Lelu Island) & Flora Banks, territory of the Gitwilgyots Tribe, House of Gwishawaal, to practice our Aboriginal rights and title. By doing this we legally prevent and slow surveying, work, and construction of the Pacific Northwest LNG/liquified fracked methane project proposed near Port Edward, BC. Read the rest of this entry

Scientists want federal environment minister to reject ‘flawed’ B.C. LNG report on Lelu Island

More than 100 Canadian and U.S. scientists have concluded a federal environmental assessment of the $12-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal is “scientifically flawed” and represents an “insufficient base for a decision.”

The scientists, in a letter dated March 9, are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to reject a Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency draft report released last month that found the project would not adversely affect aquatic life, including salmon. The project has an estimated cost of $36 billion if development to extract gas in northeast B.C. and a pipeline to the coast are included.

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Update on Lelu Island, January 28, 2016

Lelu Island boats protest

by Stop Pacific NorthWest LNG/Petronas on Lelu Island, Jan 28, 2016

On Thursday January 28 two of our boats went out to a hot spot for catching crabs near the Flora Bank. Unfortunately one of the drilling barges was right on top of the spot. Upon approaching the area, the Pacific Northwest LNG contractor boat “Glacial Mist”, owned by Brian Catherall, started in our direction to catch up with us. As we got close to the crabbing spot the “Glacial Mist” turned into our boat, ramming us at a high speed. The ridges on their hull got stuck on our bow. The skill of our vessel operator prevented our boat from capsizing. Read the rest of this entry

Proposed LNG plant near Prince Rupert on doorstep of important salmon estuary

The site of the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG plant, Lelu Island, near Port Edward, Photograph by: , Vancouver Sun

The site of the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG plant, Lelu Island, near Port Edward,
Photograph by: , Vancouver Sun

Industrialization could affect First Nations fisheries upstream, study find

The proposed location of the Pacific NorthWest LNG plant is right on the doorstep of an exceptionally abundant feeding ground for juvenile salmon.

The Flora Bank “is like Grand Central Station for salmon,” said Allen Gottesfeld, head scientist for the Skeena Fisheries Commission.

The Lelu Island liquefied natural gas plant site near Prince Rupert is in the heart of the Skeena Estuary, at the mouth of the second most productive salmon-producing river in Canada. A study published earlier this year by Gottesfeld in the journal PLOS One noted that sockeye salmon juveniles were two to eight times more abundant in the part of the estuary slated for development.

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