The Globe says many aboriginal leaders have previously gone on-record to say they support the principles of B.C.’s LNG industry “as long as the projects meet environmental standards to protect the land and water,” but Pacific NorthWest LNG has been in somewhat of a negative spotlight as concerns grow about the terminal’s potential harm against juvenile salmon.
The First Nations leaders are reportedly requesting that the joint venture withdraw plans to build on Lelu Island amid fears that the terminal will damage eel-grass beds in Flora Bank, an area where young salmon swim after they hatch.
During a news conference Wednesday in Vancouver, the Wet’suwt’en, Gitanyow, Lake Babine and Gitxsan said “they have already made up their minds and no amount of mitigation measures will satisfy them,” according the Globe and Mail.
In an effort to mitigate the situation, the joint venture proposed building a suspension bridge – extending southwest for 1.6 kilometres away from Lelu Island, designed to minimize dredging, avoid damaging the Flora Bank, and protecting the young salmon.
The Globe and Mail report concludes by saying the aboriginal leaders opposed to the LNG terminal say the 1.1 kilometre-long jetty “leading to the berth for LNG carriers would be 27 metres wide, compared with original plans for 15 metres, and the combined length of 2.7 kilometres is 300 metres longer than previously envisaged.”
With files from The Globe and Mail