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Conservation groups say Pacific NorthWest ads misleading

Conservation groups say Pacific NorthWest ads misleading

A pair of conservation groups are blasting Pacific NorthWest LNG for what they say are misleading maps and faulty modelling.

The T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation and the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition are blasting the Petronas-backed PNW LNG project for using maps that show only a portion of the eelgrass growth on Flora Bank.

The maps were used in advertisements that went up last week in northern newspapers.

Greg Horne of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition says the discrepancy doesn’t make sense.

He says the ads also make misleading statements on the accuracy of their 3D modelling of Flora Bank.

Horne speculates with the public consultation period of their federal environmental review coming up, it could be a move to playdown the importance of the eelgrass beds.

In an emailed statement, Pacific NorthWest LNG says the eelgrass discrepancy was a design error and have corrected the image on their website and Facebook page.

It adds that despite the error, the nearest eelgrass beds observed in any year are still over 100m away from the proposed marine infrastructure.

In regards to the accuracy of their 3D modelling, Pacific NorthWest says their models were completed by industry leaders, using the latest technology.

It says model inputs were based on public source data and project instruments, with output data compared with actual measurements.

The model was then run for a year, and the results showed small changes to the seabed by Agnew Bank, with no affect on Flora Bank.

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