After months of waiting, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has released the report that could determine the fate of one of the world’s largest salmon runs. Petronas wants to build an LNG terminal on Lelu Island, beside the eelgrass bed where 88% of the Skeena’s juvenile salmon feed. Though Simon Fraser University reported that the “proposed development in these areas will threaten the fisheries that depend on these fishes,” the newly released draft Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) study disagrees. Both Environmentalists and First Nations leaders find Lelu Island’s environmental assessment disgusting.
Two days ago, the ECOreport ran a story that pointed out the Pacific Northwest LNG (PNW LNG) omitted much of the eelgrass when they distributed a map of Flora Bank. This is important because that eelgrass has long been recognised as one of the most important juevenille salmon habitats on the West Coast. The map was published in several northern newspapers. Since then, Pacific Northwest LNG apologized, sort of. Continue reading Pacific Northwest LNG Apologized→
Though she is still vague as to how things will come about, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has been spreading hope around Paris. Her emphasis on the need to enshrine “the importance of respecting human rights, including the rights of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples” in the Climate Change Agreement begs the question what about Canada. McKenna responded this morning, in a press conference where she talked about bringing COP 21 home to Canada Continue reading Bringing COP 21 Home To Canada→
Justin Trudeau’s team is making its’ debut on the world’s stage. He will be making a string of overseas appearances, which includes meetings world leaders like President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. So far, most of us are applauding their performance at home. It seems like Canada really is back, but there is still a list of energy projects requiring immediate attention.
According to Greg Horne, of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, there has never been “such widespread and unprecedented agreement” regarding LNG before. The elected Lax Kw’alaams Band Council, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and leaders from Gitxsan, Gitanyow, Wet’suwe’ten, Tsimshian, Fort Nelson and Salteau First Nations were all signatories. So were Dr. David Suzuki, Dr. Wade Davis, Dr. Alexandra Morton, and Dr. Barb Faggetter. Over 70 BC leaders are calling on Trudeau to reject Lelu Island LNG.