Smithers town council last night voted to oppose the Lelu Island location of the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility near Prince Rupert.

Office of the Wet’suwet’en oppose Pacific NW LNG site

The Office of the Wet'suwet'en have submitted a 38-page opposition letter to the CEAA regarding the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.

Wet'suwet'en CEAA Submission Report – LELU ISLAND by The Interior News

The Office of the Wet’suwet’en have submitted a 38-page opposition letter to the CEAA regarding the Pacific NorthWest LNG project “on behalf of all past and present Wet’suwet’en.”

It cites the negative effect the Office believes it would have on fish that migrate through Wet’suwet’en territory.

It listed three recommendations:

— The Wet’suwet’en state that the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG Project has a cumulative effect to Wet’suwet’en culture, and mortality to fish. The Crown is required to consult as required under subsection 5 (1) of CEAA 2012. The Crown has knowledge towards Wet’suwet’en right, and contemplates conduct that might adversely affect that right. The Wet’suwet’en state that the lack of information from BC EAO regarding the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG Project has skewed the adequacy of consultation with the Wet’suwet’en regarding their salmon resources, and will have an adverse effect to Wet’suwet’en interest.

— The Wet’suwet’en see the nature of the duty, and any possible remedy for its breach depends on the level of duty to consult with the Wet’suwet’en in this regard. The Wet’suwet’en have in this submission provided information that highlights the level of concern for our salmon stocks, and the cultural reliance to them.

— Considering the possible magnitude of cumulative environmental effects on Wet’suwet’en culture, and the lack of recovery plans or strategies to address those effects. The Office of the Wet’suwet’en require the governments of British Columbia, and Canada to sit down with the Wet’suwet’en to find resolution.

View the entire letter above.

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