Community Air Quality at Risk – Aurora LNG Comments March 9, 2017

Fishing Communities Face Risk to their Air Quality if Aurora Built. Our joint submission has expert comments from: -Gordon Esplin, M.Sc., P.Eng. Genesis Engineering Inc. (CV incl.) -Klym Bolechowsky, P.Eng. (CV incl.) -Angela McCUE, Barrister and Solicitor -Dr. David Bowering, Retired Chief Medical Health Officer, Northern Health

Fishing Communities Face Risk to their Air Quality if Aurora Built.
Our joint submission has expert comments from:
-Gordon Esplin, M.Sc., P.Eng. Genesis Engineering Inc. (CV incl.)
-Klym Bolechowsky, P.Eng. (CV incl.)
-Angela McCUE, Barrister and Solicitor
-Dr. David Bowering, Retired Chief Medical Health Officer, Northern Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Air Quality

Residents in Dodge Cove and Prince Rupert (both fishing communities) face risk to their air quality if Aurora LNG is built. After local residents asked for help we found experts who confirmed troubling issues. PRES, TBSEF and UFAWU submitted a joint comment to the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). The whole comment (with highly credible experts) confirms:

  • The calculation of NO2 (a criteria air contaminant (CAC) with health impacts) done by Aurora underestimated NO2 concentrations over nearby residential areas by about 20% as a result of one inaccurate assumption (and there could be others)
  • The Application did not give enough information for us, our experts, and the public to review other important emission assumptions impacting CAC forecasts despite repeated requests
  • CAC calculation is a significant issue regarding assessment of serious human health risk.

Dodge Cove Improvement District Air Quality EAO comment  includes:

  • A letter from Anna Henolson, P.E., Managing Consultant, Trinity Consultants with further evidence to support the finding that NO2 was underestimated in the Aurora Application as a result of the NO2 in-stack ratio issue

2) Accident Risk

Aurora LNG Application shortcomings in regards to accident risk are described in a comment submitted on our behalf by Fred Millar, Ph.D. who is an expert on energy transportation risks, based in Washington DC, and who has testified by invitation in local and US national legal and legislative proceedings involving nuclear, chemical and crude oil transportation.

3) Impacts on Aquatic Life

As with human health, the full impacts of the project on aquatic life cannot be assessed without an accurate and transparent forecast of air emissions. There are other unknowns as well, as B.A. Faggetter, Ph.D. Oceanography, R.P.Bio. points out in her comment.