More than 130 scientists have released an open letter urging federal environment minister Catherine McKenna to reject a draft environmental risk assessment of a proposed LNG project in the Prince Rupert area.
The group says the report for the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project is “scientifically flawed” and represents a symbol for what’s wrong with environmental decision making in Canada.
The report from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) found that the proposed project in the Lelu Island/Flora Bank area poses minimal risks to fish and fisheries. However, the scientists’ letter says the document’s flaws include errors in logic, disregard for independent science, and mischaracterization of environmental risk to important fish species like salmon, herring, and eulachon.
“This letter is not about being for or against LNG, the letter is about scientific integrity in decision-making”, said Dr. Jonathan Moore, Liber Ero Chair of Coastal Science and Management, Simon Fraser University.
Public comment on the on the CEAA draft assessment report is open until March 11th. The federal government could make a final decision on the project permit by March 22.