One the means of lessening ecological impact being proposed by Pacific NorthWest is the construction of a 1.6 kilometre suspension bridge, designed to minimize dredging and avoid damage to the eelgrass beds in Flora Bank.
Clubert says, “…The suspension bridge, we think, is a viable alternative to deal with the concerns.”
That comment was made after Culbert participated in a signing ceremony with the Nisga’a Nation, confirming support for a benefits agreement between the aboriginal group and the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project. This proposed pipeline would transport gas from northeast B.C. to Pacific NorthWest LNG’s planned export terminal on Lelu Island.
Meanwhile, an opposition group comprised of four First Nations, which includes the Wet’suwet’en, Gitanyow, Lake Babine and Gitxsan, say the suspension bridge would connect with a 1.1 kilometre jetty leading to the berth for LNG carriers. The combined length of the bridge and jetty would be 300 metres longer than previously envisioned, according to the Globe and Mail.
The opposition says their views continue to be ignored because the project proponents think the group’s members are too far away from the estuary of the Skeena River near Lelu Island.
Culbert however says the LNG venture has done a detailed job in consulting First Nations who are most affected by the project, but goes on to say the company is willing to listen to other aboriginal groups.
Pacific NorthWest LNG is viewed by analysts as having the best chance of moving forward with a final investment decision.
There have been 18 LNG projects proposed so far.
With files from The Globe and Mail