What will LNG mean for our economy and society? How will it impact the environment? Are concerns about salmon valid?
These are some of the questions that will be addressed by Treaty 8 Chief Liz Logan and Dr. Barb Faggetter at Northwest Community College tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
Chief Logan is speaking about natural gas extraction in her territory and its economic impacts.
“She knows a lot about resource extraction and the economic issues,” said Luanne Roth of the Prince Rupert Environmental Society.
Logan is “not against natural gas development, she just has knowledge about it: the good and bad parts,” Roth said.
The Environmental Society invited Chief Logan because they want to hear from someone living in the Northeast and experiencing the impacts of LNG fracking and exploration.
“They’re the ones being most affected by it. We don’t know yet, we haven’t had anything here,” Roth said.
The second speaker is Dr. Barb Faggetter, an expert in Salmon habitat and oceanography. Faggetter was recently funded by the NWCC to review the Pacific Northwest LNG application and how it will impact Lelu Island’s eelgrass beds.
“She knows about this particular eelgrass bed,” Roth said, adding that there is significant concern about the project and its proposed dredge in Flora Bank.
“It’s too big. It’s the largest dredge in Canadian history that they’re proposing, right alongside the important Lelu Island eelgrass bed.”
The event is hosted by the Prince Rupert Environmental Society.
“Our group is not against LNG. We are just worried about this one site and want to learn about LNG,” said Roth.