LETTER - Sorry Woodfibre, the approvals are inadequate

Dear Editor,

Woodfibre LNG’s Environmental approvals are:

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- The result of an Environmental Assessment process the new Federal Government has declared broken and is moving to restore to its former credibility.

- The result of fisheries assessments done by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, a department that has never regained its credibility since the role it played in the demise of the Atlantic Cod. 

- The result of an Environmental Assessment process and the following decision by the Squamish Nation Council which is questioned within the Squamish Nation community because of a lack of due diligence in informing the Squamish people about the project.

Further more, there are big conflict of interest problems with the current Environmental Assessment process because environmental consultants are directly hired by the proponent to do the research and write the environmental applications and have to ‘balance’ this with getting future work from those same proponents.

Please note that the Environmental Assessments were done in a political climate with a BC Liberal government obsessed with getting an LNG industry of the ground no matter what. At present Woodfibre LNG and its principle officers have donated over $90,000 to the BC Liberal party and were co-sponsor of a fundraising event for local MLA Sturdy during the Environmental Assessment period.

Anton van Walraven
On behalf of Concerned Citizens Bowen

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