BC Is Prioritizing Coastal GasLink’s Interests Over the Public’s

By Sonia Furstenau, Leader of the BC Green Party
The Tyee
October 25, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As Coastal GasLink drills under the Wedzin Kwa (Morice River), I have been reflecting on my visit to Wet’suwet’en territory this summer. …We rafted down the river that has nurtured and sustained the Wet’suwet’en people since time immemorial. As I write this, salmon are spawning in that river. Countless eggs have been laid in the riverbed gravel. And Coastal GasLink is drilling a massive borehole within 12 metres of those salmon eggs. The potential impacts of drilling on these salmon eggs are unclear. What is clear is that Coastal GasLink cannot be trusted to safeguard the Wedzin Kwa and the surrounding environment. …Salmon are critical to the culture, ecology, and economy of northwest B.C. …Salmon already face many obstacles — drought, climate change, poor forestry practices, and habitat loss — and now Coastal GasLink is drilling and blasting under their spawning beds.

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