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Skeena Estuary

Petronas PNW LNG risks critical Skeena salmon habitat

  • PNW LNG planned for Lelu Island at the mouth of the Skeena will drive out or kill the small shy closest cousin of the Beluga whale, the harbour porpoise, from a spot they have lived in for as long as memory (Lelu lies alongside Porpoise Channel)
  • It risks the Skeena's most critical salmon habitat (2nd largest salmon river in Canada)
  • If approved it would be one of the largest single GHG emitters in Canada
  • The people of Lax Kw'alaams turned down over $1 Billion and rejected the project

Comments submitted on behalf of T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation (TBSEF), UFAWU-UNIFOR and Prince Rupert Environmental Society are linked here and a few excerpts follow.

The potential impacts of construction and operation of the project on the fisheries resource in this area will not be compensated by offsets or wetland compensation due to the unique nature and characteristics of this unique habitat that is absolutely essential to the salmonid populations of the Skeena watershed.” – Dr. Chris Kennedy

Lax Kw'alaams also submitted a comment (also available at the link above):

"The Lax Kw'alaams oppose siting the Project [Petronas] on Lelu Island and Flora Bank"-excerpt
"[Flora Bank area] contains 37 times as many sockeye smolts as any other area in the Prince Rupert/Port Edward region and 72 times as many sockeye salmon smolts in the eel grass beds as other eel grass beds in the same region."-excerpt
The Lax Kw'alaams comment also describes new science documenting the existence of sand waves on Flora Bank which would be impossible if Petronas' model was correct.