Feds open up public comment period for Pacific Northwest LNG

The federal Ministry of the Environment has released its report on the project and is asking for public input for Northwestern B.C. project

  • Feb. 10, 2016 1:00 p.m.

The federal government announced today that it has opened up the month-long public comment period for the Pacific Northwest LNG project planned for Lelu Island near Prince Rupert at the mouth of the Skeena River.

The government is asking for public comment based on their recent report on the project, which concludes that the export facility will likely affect ocean porpoise populations but not other marine species.

“The Agency invites the public to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report, a document that includes the Agency’s conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project, the proposed mitigation measures, the significance of adverse environmental effects, and the follow-up program,” says the release.

“In keeping with the recently announced interim approach and principles for environmental assessments, information on anticipated direct and upstream greenhouse gas emissions linked to the project is included in the draft Report,” the release says.

It is also taking comments on the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project, which can be found here.

“Following the public comment period, the Environmental Assessment Report and recommended environmental assessment conditions will be finalized and provided to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. The Minister will then consider all of the information, including input from Indigenous groups and the public, and make a determination as to whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects,” the release concludes.

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