According to an article in the Globe and Mail a study put together by six First Nations groups in the province argues that construction of the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal on Lelu Island will have detrimental effects on salmon in the Skeena River area. Those behind the study state if the project moves forward that there will be damage to the ecosystem.
The First Nations groups behind the study include the Wet’suwet’en, Gitanyow, Lake Babine, Gitxsan, Takla Lake Nation, and Lax Kw’alaams.
Back in May members of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation rejected a $1 billion offer from Pacific NorthWest LNG over a span of 40 years to show their opposition to the project.
The review into Pacific NorthWest LNG initially began in April of 2013 however there have been a number of delays along the way. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency put a stop to the review back on June 2. It’s unknown at this point when the review will continue, but it’s anticipated any final approval wouldn’t come until weeks after the federal election on October 19.
The agency is waiting for Pacific NorthWest LNG to provide more information on how the project will impact salmon in consultation with the Tsimshian First Nations.