While people gathered inside the Pacific NorthWest LNG office for a public information session, those opposed to the terminal protested outside.
Approximately a dozen people — brandishing signs that included “Save Wild Salmon”, “LNG makes acid rain” and “Fracking, Drilling, Spilling, Killing” — spent the afternoon on Third Avenue West to raise awareness of their concerns with the company’s planned Lelu Island terminal and seek support from those passing by.
“This company needs to know that they are not in a favourable spot. There are a lot of people who depend on the river for their sustainable food and a lot of the marine environment depend on the salmon and the eelgrass. I want the company to know that we were active and we don’t agree with the location they are putting their liquefied natural gas terminal,” said Carol Brown, noting there are “a lot of other issues” related to the terminal.
“Where they are is the wrong bloody place … it has nothing to do with LNG, this is about the industrialization of the Skeena River. It is just really a bad idea. If you had worked at finding a worst spot, you could not have done it. This is it. We have to let them know this is just a really silly spot – you have all these other places you could be doing it, why aren’t you looking there?,” questioned Des Nobels.
While not going out to meet with the protestors directly, Pacific NorthWest LNG spokesperson Tessa Gill said the company always welcomes different perspectives on the project.
“The whole point of an open house is people can give their feedback on the project and their opinion and we are very open to any dialogue if people want to talk to us about the project,” she said.