Pacific NorthWest LNG project collects hundreds of public comments

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Within a few weeks of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency opening the public comment period of Pacific NorthWest LNG’s draft review, more than 800 responses have been gathered, and there’s no sign of it slowing down.

As of Tuesday, the comments collected by the CEAA were received from February 25 and earlier. As the comment period goes on until next week, more comments are expected to emerge on the forum.

Local names are among the bunch who have written letters to the Agency, such as Prince George – Peace River – Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer, Mayor of Mackenzie Pat Crook, City of Fort St. John Councillor — as acting Mayor — Dan Davies, Representatives of the Northeastern B.C. Regional Municipalities Coalition, including City of Fort St. John’s Mayor Lori Ackerman, Mayor of Chetwynd Merlin Nichols, and Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm.

On the North Coast, where the terminal is planned to be built, Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce’s expressed their support of the project.

“Following the recent release of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency report findings on the project we wholeheartedly endorse this investment in our community,” their public comment reads.

“Prince Rupert and its surrounding communities need responsible development to occur in order to be a viable community.”

While many comments cite the positive impact they believe PNW LNG would have on northern B.C.’s economy, there are some negative comments up for the federal Environment Minister’s consideration.

A letter with the same message has been sent to the CEAA through two different groups, stating that “all of the evidence shows this is the worst possible place to build a large-scale industrial facility,” in regard to the Flora Bank and salmon it hosts.

Another letter carried through two different senders also addressing their concerns about salmon, stating, “healthy salmon populations are important to all the people of the North West. Please show you understand the seriousness of our opposition by rejecting this potentially catastrophic project. ”

The public comment period closes on March 11, 2016 — next Friday. Those interested in voicing their opinion on the project can write to GNLPacificNorthwestLNG@ceaa-acee.ac.ca.