an uncertain future for west coast salmonFeatured on over 100 fishing and environment sites, River Wide is a fly fishing film about the Skeena River and a current environmental issue that threatens the entire west coast salmon population; the Pentronas (LNG) liquid natural gas facility on Lelu Island at the base of the Skeena River.
The estuary is the ecosystem where juvenile salmon make the physiologically challenging transition from fresh-to salt-water. Because all salmon must travel through the estuary, all salmon rely on this habitat, even if they spawn hundreds of kilometers upriver. Thus, a productive and intact Skeena River estuary supports salmon populations that support fisheries that operate throughout the watershed.
Science has found that estuary ecosystem health is connected to salmon population vitality. Previous research has documented that loss of estuary habitat leads to dramatically lower survival of salmon. A study of 27 estuaries in western North America found that Chinook salmon survival was 1/3 lower in degraded estuaries compared to pristine estuaries.
Along with the water and air pollution at the estuary, the pipeline would cross over 1000 watercourses & with more than 40 ruptures in Canada in the past 25 years, the risk of environmental contamination is high.
LNG facilities also emit nitrogen oxide leading to smog and particulate matter that can cause asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cardiovascular disease and acid rain. As of oct 2nd 2015, the petronas proposal is still moving forward, but is facing enormous resistance from lax Kw’alaams first nations members, who are occupying lelu island & exercising their rights to the land. But right now, we have a short amount of time to stop this project from happening.
The Canadian government promised it would protect the environment, respect Indigenous rights and listen to scientists. It promised to put Canadians first -- not profit for foreign corporations. The government has a public comment period open right now, and it if we flood it with comments, we can make sure this disastrous project is never built.
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