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Council of Haida Nation officially stands against Pacific NorthWest LNG project

The Council of Haida Nation has officially taken a stance against the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.

CHN president, Peter Lantin, spoke at a meeting of PNW opponents in Prince Rupert yesterday.

The announcement that the CHN will be taking an active role in opposing the PNW project was met with loud applause.

While many groups had looked to the CHN for leadership and support, it took over a year of consideration before the governing body for all Haidas officially announced a stance.

Lantin said it was important for them to know they were entering a situation that had broad support from Tsimshian communities.

He said the approval of the PNW project by the federal government last week pushed the CHN into action.

Lantin said the environmental hazards that could impact Haida Gwaii are already present.

Lantin said in practical terms, the CHN will bring their legal experience from fighting Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project, as well their already established lines of communications with various groups and organizations.

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  1. I can never tell if it is just a human nature thing, or if someone is behind the scenes pushing buttons to accentuate it, but the polarization around even what seems simple enough like dealing with the PNW LNG issue is boggling.

    Scientists and First Nations agree (at least the ones of either category who do not stand to make money from the project without direct effects from it on themselves) that Lelu Island is simply the worst possible location for the terminal.

    That should settle things there, no go for Lelu and putting the equivalent of a four lane highway through what is functionally the Skeena sockeye day care center.

    Instead there are massive debates happening all over the internet that are centered on tar sands related projects with the same rehashed logical fallacies are transferred over to the LNG sector without even always being remotely relevant, and the big focus in the mainstream media (if they are willing to cover the decision) is on Carbon, when the issue on this one is, has been, and always will be at it’s foundation about the salmon as a keystone for everything living from the open ocean through the coastal mountains and as far or a bit further even inland as their spawning goes.

    The rest is all smokescreen and random mirrors to get people engaged in dialogue that has no real point towards which it can progress, and simply waste their time and energy while the actual plans and infrastructure that isn’t showy and obvious is put in place.

    Even that could wreak untold havoc on the salmon.

    Two suggestions that I’ve been making fairly widely, yet cautiously:
    -Find a way to halt the commercial flow of salmon (both wild and farmed) inland, no deliveries to big chains or their immediate distributors, consumers, anyone.

    This would make the threat a much more real thing to people, unfortunately you can tell someone a dozen times how many million salmon are historically in an annual run, but they won’t understand until they are taken out to dinner and cannot order their salmon sushi (while being informed that most other fish are conditional depending on current data as it comes in regarding how the particular species is fairing given prior damage, warming oceans, and the ph shift, etc.

    Once attention has been grabbed, on that first week

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