Monday, May 4, 2015

Lelu Island LNG opponents continue to push to stop development

A Map of Lelu Island the proposed
site for the Pacific NorthWest LNG
Terminal project
While Lax Kw'alaams residents consider their options and give thought to whether they wish to offer their support to the proposed LNG development at Lelu Island, those that are adamant that it's the wrong location continue their quest to build support for their cause.

Over the weekend, the T Buck Suziki Foundation and Prince Rupert Environmental Society released a new video on the topic of development at Lelu Island.

It's a presentation that highlights their main points of concern related to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG Terminal development. Included in the collection of speakers on the topic, is Dr. Barb Faggetter, most recently hired as the City of Prince Rupert's resident scientist and a long time critic of the Lelu Island plans.

Of the number of participants in the 14 minute video presentation, she will be the name most recognizable for many on the North Coast, recounting many of her themes of recent months on the topic.

In addition to the new video from the Suzuki Foundation, a group known as Save Lelu Island has launched an online petition to express their opposition to the proposed development.

A quick scan of those who have signed the petition to this point provides for names spanning a wide geographical area, with a large number found far beyond the North Coast.

Beyond the current social media campaign of those opposed to the project, a number of groups with an interest in the Lelu Island project have taken advantage of Participant funding related to the Environmental Assessment process.

That funding allocated in the fall of 2013 was designed to support their participation in the process.

Locally the largest allotments of fund has been provided to the Metlakatla ($50,000) and Lax Kw'alaams First Nations ($49,200) with smaller funding amounts provided locally to UFAWU, World Wildlife Fund and Prince Rupert Environmental Society to name a few.

The full list of those that have accessed funds and how much they received can be found here.

As the debate over the proposed development continues on, a number of websites and social media pages have been created of late to share the information campaign.

You can explore their discussion points below:

T Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation
Prince Rupert Environmental Society
Save our Skeena Salmon
Friends of Wild Salmon

You can review the latest news related to the Pacific NorthWest LNG project from our archive page here.

1 comment:

  1. What that video fails to mention is the big difference between the proposal from the 1970 study that is referenced. In the 70s a proponent proposed to build a causeway (road) across flora bank. No development to my knowledge is proposing ANYTHING over Flora Bank, in fact Pacific NorthWest LNG or PETRONAS have gone as far as adding a suspension bridge to ensure nothing touches Flora Bank.