Protect the Flora Banks!

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Join Students for a Green University and 500 UNBC students & faculty in calling on the government of Canada to urge Petronas to relocate its proposed Pacific Northwest LNG terminal on Lelu Island, BC! All signatures will demonstrate support of the following open-letter to Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna:

Dear Minister McKenna,

When your government took office just over a year ago, you promised to lead our country based on scientific evidence and feedback from Canadians.  We, the undersigned, offer this feedback on the proposed Petronas Pacific Northwest liquefied natural gas terminal near Prince Rupert, British Columbia:

Petronas has proposed to develop an LNG terminal on Lelu Island, at the mouth of the Skeena River near Prince Rupert.  This project would significantly impact the Flora Banks, endangering Canada's second-largest run of wild salmon.  The Flora Banks, situated next to Lelu Island, are made of an ancient and non-replenishable sand that is held in place by a delicate balance of natural forces such as tides, waves, river inputs, and wind-driven currents.  The Flora Banks support the most significant eelgrass bed in the province, which acts as a salmon estuary and sustains life for more salmon than any other studied area on the north coast.  This project would destroy the equilibrium that preserves this habitat, causing the Flora Banks to erode away, and a drastic decrease in the salmon population.

The loss of the Flora Banks would have a ripple effect through the entire Skeena watershed and surrounding coast.  It would decimate a major food source for local communities and result in a considerable economic loss for the province in the long term. Moreover, the cultural importance of the salmon run is invaluable to British Columbians and Canadians in and of itself.

In its original proposal, Petronas listed five possible sites at which the terminal could be situated.   Ms. McKenna, for the long-term economic, ecological and cultural health of British Columbia, we urge you to relocate this project, and protect the Flora Banks.  In the spirit of authentic and constructive dialogue, we thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We look forward to your response.   

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