Banding Together to Save Salmon in the Skeena Watershed

A behind-the-scenes look at alliance-building to stop the Lelu Island natural gas facility from threatening wild salmon in northwestern BC.

In May 2015, the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation unanimously voted against the Pacific NorthWest liquified fracked gas plant proposed for Lelu Island in the Skeena River estuary, near Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

This free webinar took a behind-the-scenes look at alliance-building and the science behind the risk of LNG projects in British Columbia, and how we can come together as a freshwater community to support initiatives for freshwater protection in other parts of the province! The webinar was co-hosted with the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.

With Special Guests:
+ Sm'ooyget Yahaan, Hereditary Chief of the Gitwilgyoots, one of the nine allied tribes of Lax Kw'alaams First Nation on the north coast of British Columbia
+ Dr. Jonathan Moore, Liber Ero Chair in Coastal Science and Management and Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Resource and Management - Simon Fraser University
+ Des Nobels, Northern Outreach Coordinator - T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation and former commercial fisherman
+ Shannon McPhail, Executive Director - Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition

Watch the webinar here. 

 

Background

The proposed $11-billion facility would have caused significant damage to Flora Bank, a rare and sandy eelgrass bed adjacent to Lelu that is vital habitat for the second largest salmon run in Canada. There were also significant concerns regarding the facilitiy's potential impact to the Skeena salmon commercial and sport fisheries, which generate more than $110 million for the region every year. Northern BC First Nations leaders, environmental organizations, scientists, businesses, unions, university groups, and faith groups from across the province are worked together to oppose this project.

Update: In July 2017, Pacific NorthWest LNG announced that they would no longer be pursuing the Lelu Island gas plant due to "changes in market conditions."