Trudeau’s “Watershed Moment” turned out to be a wash, a devastating disappointment. The Federal approval of PNW LNG completely flies in the face of Justin’s election promises: science-based decisions, renewed nation-to-nation consultation, climate action commitments and protection of freshwater as a sustainable resource. He also promised to listen to the hearts of Canadians and take their feedback to heart in the attempts to create a “new” government. Fail.
On September 27th, the Trudeau government rushed to approve the largest potential polluter of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in Canada, completely disregarding the simple math:
The math is simple:
BC’s 2050 Climate Target = 13 Megatons
Petronas PNW LNG Emissions = 10 Megatons
More than 90 international climate experts (including a scientist from NASA) have spoken out against this project, but the science wasn’t enough to convince Justin.
The Skeena estuary is where 300 million – 1 billion wild salmon migrate each and every year (TWICE!!) making it Canada’s second largest salmon population. 135 of Canada’s leading scientists, including BC Government scientists as well as scientists from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, have spoken our against the flawed environmental review process for this project and impacts to salmon.
Salmon are a major economic driver in the Skeena watershed, contributing more than $110 million each and every year.
40 years ago, a federal salmon study concluded that a superport built on Lelu Island would devastate the salmon populations that relied on the eelgrass estuaries on Flora Banks. That science hasn’t changed, and should have been enough to stop Pacific Northwest LNG in its tracks.
“You read these statements that say this was based on science and no, it really wasn’t. You used some science that was paid for, but you ignored an even larger body of science that was independent. You also ignored four decades of practice and knowledge from your own fisheries programs.” – Jonathan Moore, Liber Ero chair of Coastal Science and Management at Simon Fraser University
Trudeau has committed to increase Marine Protected Areas from 1.3% to 10% and the Skeena Estuary has been declared a “Wild Salmon Refuge” by more than 300 First Nation leaders, politicians and scientists.
Petronas, a Malaysian state-owned global energy company, has been audited for issues with their existing facilities – which were not simply unsafe, but potentially catastrophic. How can the Trudeau government expect anyone to believe that a company with such a dismal track record will suddenly clean up its act when it comes to BC land, water and salmon?