Concerns with PNW LNG’s Skeena estuary site

March 11 2016 Comments on Draft EA for PNW LNG

These comments were submitted on behalf of Prince Rupert Environmental Society, T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation (TBSEF) and United Fishermen and Allied Worker’s Union-UNIFOR
This comment was submitted by Lax Kw’alaams

 

 

May 2014 Expert Comments, 1975 NEAT assessment which rejected the site, Lax Kw’alaams 2015 Science Results and other scientific references:

–Prince Rupert Environmental Society joined with UFAWU (the Fishermen’s Union) and the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation to hire experts to review PNW’s plans and help us assess the risk.Barb_Faggetter Click to view their comments submitted May 2014 to Environment Canada

Dr. Barb Faggetter’s  clear, easy to read report warning against PNW’s choice of sites is included

–Northcoast Environmental Analysis Team. Click to see highlights and link to the 1975 document.

– The Lax Kw’alaams band did extensive scientific work uncovering serious risks to salmon habitat and documenting the salmon use of the area.    Link to Lax Kw’alaams Science Results

–Other Scientific References Hoos 1975, Fisheries Service 1973, etc

Overview:

88 % of Skeena salmon turn right down Inverness and onto Flora Bank- critical salmon habitat.

The Port of Prince Rupert is in the Skeena estuary. To date it has left Flora Bank untouched, respecting assessments which termed it “critical salmon habitat” and rejecting terminal plans for adjacent Lelu Island.

Petronas’ Pacific NorthWest LNG has shocked locals by proposing to build a massive LNG plant on Lelu Island with a bridge shading the light sensitive eelgrass beds and a trestle and berth requiring hundreds of pilings along  Flora Bank on the shouldering Agnew Bank.  When Flora Bank dries the smolts and other marine life move out to Agnew. This diagram shows the eelgrass on Flora Bank.

This is Flora Bank it has 40-60% of all the eelgrass in the Skeena estuary. A corner of the PNW proposed dredge site  shows - it would be the largest dredge in Canadian history if it went ahead. Let's stop it.

This is Flora Bank it has 40-60% of the eelgrass in the Skeena estuary.

#### – Eelgrass recorded by different surveys at different times of year.

The most recent plan has hundreds of pilings stretching out onto Agnew Bank (see below). A sediment trend analyst, Dr, Patrick McLaren warns in a report prepared for Lax Kw’alaams, these may change erosion and deposition trends and seriously risk this critical salmon habitat.

This was PNW's first plan but they ran into a big problem! The trestle couldn't reach deep water so instead of giving up they want to dig out Agnew Bank- the largest dredge in Canadian history.

This was PNW’s first plan but they ran into problems! The berth location was exposed to bad wave action and the bottom sediment was not solid for pilings. They tried to get approval to move the berth in further onto Agnew Bank- but what would have been one of the largest dredges in Canadian history was rejected. Now rather than drop the unpopular plan they are back to a plan similar to this; with a bridge over and shading Flora Bank eelgrass beds and then hundreds of piles on Agnew Bank.