Friends of Wild Salmon is presenting a series of talks by Russian scientists who will speak on their experiences with LNG.
The scientists will present what happened to the salmon fishery on Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East over the last 15 years of LNG development.
Dmitry Lisitsyn is the Director of Sakhalin Environment Watch, as well as the recipient of the Goldman Environmental Award in 2011.
Lisitsyn says LNG development in Aniva Bay collapsed the salmon fishery there.
Aniva Bay was once given the highest level of protection by Russian law, but the LNG companies commissioned studies to get that protection downgraded, lowering the environmental protection standards for their projects.
Lisitsyn says that’s a common tactic used by oil and gas companies, and is something that could happen in BC.
After visiting Flora Bank, Lisitsyn says he and his delegation believe Flora Bank is a poor choice to locate a LNG plant.
He says as bad as the situation in Aniva Bay was for them, the Flora Bank and Skeena salmon fishery is in a much more precarious situation.
The speakers will be in Prince Rupert tonight at the Lester Centre from 7pm to 9pm, tomorrow at Hazelton at Ksan from 12pm to 3pm, in Smithers on Monday at the Old Church from 7pm to 9pm, and in Terrace on Tuesday at the Elks Hall from 7pm to 9pm.