Update July 2017: Petronas has pulled the LNG project on Lelu island. To make sure that Petronas or any other LNG project never comes back to Lelu Island, SumOfUs has committed $2,500 dollars to the Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs (RAVEN) Trust, a small but mighty charity that distributes funds to help Indigenous Peoples in Canada defend their treaty rights and the integrity of their traditional lands.
Original text from 2015:
The next fight against climate change is happening on a tiny remote island in northwestern British Columbia -- and everything is at stake.
Malaysian-owned Petronas wants to build a massive LNG plant on Lelu Island, right on top of Canada’s second largest wild salmon run. The project runs roughshod over First Nations rights and would create one of the largest single-point sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the country.
We need to make it impossible for Canada to approve this project. That’s why we’re flooding the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna with all the reasons this project would be a catastrophe for Canadians.
This is Canada’s next big climate battle. Can you tell Minister McKenna and the CEAA why this is a fight we can’t lose ahead of the submission deadline this week?
The Petronas project would be an ecological disaster. The waters off the coast of Prince Rupert are home to majestic Grey whales, Fin whales and Killer whales -- all listed as at risk. Also, this project would put porpoises, sea lions and sea otters that are already at risk in even more danger.
Investing in Petronas is risky and makes no economic sense. Petronas is mired in corruption charges back home. The president is currently accused of stealing $700 million and covering up $11 billion in debt. Meanwhile, the global price of LNG is plummeting due to market saturation, making the project a serious gamble.
But right now, we have one week to stop this project from happening.
Our new 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.