Petronas’ LNG project in Canada is facing another delay as the Canadian government added new requirements for “direct and upstream greenhouse gas emissions” assessment to be included in the environmental assessment report.
It is however doubtful that the additional assessment were to gain “public trust” as there have been little to indicate that those opposed to the project have softened their stance when the first CEAA assessment report was revealed in January.
B.C. environmentalists are upset that federal scientists have sided with a consortium’s proposal to export liquefied natural gas.
The scientists from Fisheries and Oceans Canada agree with Pacific NorthWest LNG’s studies that an $11.4-billion terminal would have little impact on Flora Bank, a sandy area with eelgrass that nurtures juvenile salmon in northern British Columbia. Flora Bank is located next to Lelu Island, the site of the proposed export terminal.
Source: The Globe and Mail
The Skeena River salmon conservation community reacted strongly today to the news that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has accepted that there is little risk to salmon from a $11-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) development proposed to be built on top of the most unique and critical marine salmon habitat on the B.C. coast.
Source: EIN Presswire
They will not even accept the word of their own scientists.
The additional conditions is probably a political move to safeguard what may be a positive decision from the Prime Minister Office and that Pacific NorthWest would be given the green light to go ahead.
Petronas CEO had already stated that the final decision must be made within the first quarter of 2016, more or less giving the Canadian government a deadline for a decision.