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Critic says Canadian environmental assessment process “broken” after draft report released

Critic says Canadian environmental assessment process “broken” after draft report released

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s draft environmental assessment report for Pacific NorthWest LNG’s planned export terminal on Lelu Island has critics calling the entire process “broken.”

The draft report says Skeena salmon at Flora Bank and Lelu Island won’t be significantly affected by the Petronas backed Pacific NorthWest LNG project.

Greg Horne, of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition says the report is superficial and ignores a slew of data showing how damaging the project will be to Flora Bank and salmon.

He adds, the CEAA review only consulted coastal First Nations, and ignored all the upstream First Nations that are also heavily reliant on wild salmon.

Horne says he agrees with Trudeau government who calls the CEAA process broken.

But he’s concerned if the Trudeau government will follow through on its campaign promises of First Nations consultation and science-based assessments.

Horne is also critical of Premier Christy Clark’s recent comments, who called the signatories of the Lelu Declaration the “forces of no,” and a “rag tag group of people.”

There will be 30 days of public input before federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna has the final decision whether to approve the project or not.

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