The public comment period for the environmental assessment of Petronas’ Pacific Northwest LNG terminal on Lelu Island closed on March 11. It received an astounding 30,000 comments, many from Sierra Club BC supporters. Shortly after the the comment period closed, Minister McKenna delayed her decision on the proposed LNG plant until June 2016, which means we have more time to let the federal government know that this project is a climate disaster waiting to happen.
The communities of B.C. are rejecting this project for many reasons:
- When built, this terminal will be one of the single highest emitters of greenhouse gases in Canada (Climate Test fail!)
- Under B.C.’s 2030 emissions targets, this project would produce 29-35% of the province’s allowable emissions – and for our 2050 targets, it would represent 88-108%!
- Lelu Island and the nearby Flora Bank, at the mouth of the Skeena River, are crucial salmon habitat.
- The area is a rearing habitat for 88 per cent of all Skeena salmon. Building an LNG terminal there could cause the collapse of Canada’s second largest wild salmon run.
Have your say on the climate polluting, ecosystem threatening, unwelcome project today!
Featured image by Tavish Campbell