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First Nations leaders, environmental groups, and scientists discuss PNW LNG approval

A number of First Nations leaders, environmental groups, and scientists met in Prince Rupert to discuss the approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.

About 40 people attended to understand what the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s approval of the project means for Lelu Island and Flora Bank.

Greg Knox with Skeena Wild opened the meeting by saying the PNW project had already been delayed by two years due to their efforts.

He added that he doesn’t believe the project will ultimately go through despite the CEAA approval due to economic conditions and continued efforts by project opponents.

Knox was followed by a number of environmental scientists who discussed how the 190 legally binding conditions are, in their opinion, meaningless.

Kyla Warren is with Skeena Fisheries Commission says many of the conditions based on baseline conditions despite the baseline studies being flawed and lacking scientific data.

She adds many of those conditions effectively allow PNW to police themselves.

The lack of consultation with upriver First Nations and offset programs for environmental damage done was also pointed out.

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