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CEAA concerned about LNG terminal’s impact on fish, granted 90-day extension

The proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Prince Rupert is facing another delay.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has granted the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency a three-month extension to the review.

The agency says new information from Pacific NorthWest LNG about construction in the marine environment and Lelu Island has led to more questions, including its impact on fish, fish habitat, marine mammals.

Officials with the Petronas-backed project told the CEAA that some of the key mitigation strategies and conditions proposed to avoid or cut significant adverse environmental effects to fish, fish habitat, and marine mammals were not feasible.

Opposition to the project has centred on its potential harm to critical Skeena River salmon habitat at nearby Flora Bank.

BC natural gas minister Rich Coleman says he’s confident any remaining questions can be answered quickly and completely.

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