Environmental review process failing citizens

Re: “Rally decries Shawnigan Lake landfill,” Jan. 7

Thanks for the Times Colonist’s continuing coverage of this important issue. That the people of Shawnigan Lake are put in the position of physically protesting is a direct result of B.C.’s flawed environmental assessment process, which unbelievably approved placement of contaminated soil in a watershed.

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That same environmental assessment office approved, with modifications, a liquefied natural gas plant in Howe Sound, one of B.C.’s foremost tourist destinations. It does not bode well for people on either side of Saanich Inlet who will be directly affected by another seemingly unbelievable project — Steelhead’s huge floating LNG plant where fracked gas from northern B.C., piped through the U.S. to Saanich Inlet, would be liquefied and shipped to Asian markets. More information on this project can be found online at Saanich Inlet Network.

Steelhead is moving inexorably forward, and it is clear that citizens will not be able to count on B.C.’s environmental review process to stop it.

Maria Squance


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