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Pacific NorthWest LNG correcting map that's missing the Skeena River

The topographic map at left shows the Skeena River running between Haysport and Port Essignton, while the river is missing from the map at right, provided by Pacific NorthWest LNG. - Contributed photo
The topographic map at left shows the Skeena River running between Haysport and Port Essignton, while the river is missing from the map at right, provided by Pacific NorthWest LNG.
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Pacific NorthWest LNG is taking steps to correct a map in its Project Description that completely eliminates the Skeena River.

The map in question can be found on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's website, and shows a solid mass of land between Haysport and Port Essington. But a topographical map provided by the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation clearly shows the Skeena River runs between the two sites.

According to Spencer Sproule, senior advisor of corporate affairs for Pacific NorthWest LNG, the issue with the map simply comes down to technology and the requirements of the Environmental Assessment process.

"The reason why the mouth of the river, or the river itself, is not on the map is because that particular map is a 1:300,000 scale and, with the size, the mouth of the river is just off the map ... it had to fit on an 8.5x11 piece of paper to be in the report submitted to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and made available to the public, so to fit in that document size the scale is too small," he explained, noting people can expect a more accurate map in the future.

"We are going to update that map with an arrow indicating the location of the mouth of the Skeena River and re-submit that to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency."

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