Target: Canada’s Environment Minister Catherine McKenna
Goal: Stop a proposed natural gas exporting project from ruining the local ecosystem and accelerating global climate change.
The Petronas company’s Pacific Northwest Liquified Natural Gas exporting project in British Columbia is a threat to the local ecosystem of Flora Bank and the global environment at large. The massive infrastructure such a project requires, along with the risks entailed in transporting natural gas, will certainly disrupt an already delicate ecosystem that plays an essential role in the life-cycle of British Columbia’s salmon population. Moreover, perpetuating reliance on natural gas and fracking methods will only accelerate the already-dire consequences of global climate change. Canada’s Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, must reject Petronas’ Pacific Northwest LNG project.
Pacific Northwest LNG poses serious problems for the ecosystem of Flora Bank, a major habitat for millions of juvenile salmon in British Columbia. Though Petronas’ and Canada’s centrist Liberal party claim that arrangements can be made to avoid damaging this fragile ecosystem, a number of scientists throughout Canada have doubts about the evidence provided to support this idea. These dissenting scientists point out that the studies cited by Petronas and the Liberal party were funded by proponents of the project and are severely limited in scope, even going so far as to ignore previous research on damage to other salmon habitats in the past caused by chemicals in the sand and disruptions in stable waters off the coast. Furthermore, the Pacific Northwest LNG project would push Canada’s greenhouse emissions past their pledged level.
There is no reason to continue to rely on dirty, corporate energy. A large slice of the Canadian public agrees, having expressed increasing opposition to the Pacific Northwest LNG since its initial proposal in 2014. By signing the petition below, you can help urge Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to protect the Flora Bank ecosystem and the global environment at large by rejecting Petronas’ Pacific Northwest LNG project.
Dear Environment Minister Catherine McKenna,
The Petronas company’s Pacific Northwest LNG project is environmentally irresponsible on a micro and macro scale. It threatens to destabilize the delicate ecosystem of Flora Bank, which plays host to thousands of juvenile salmon. It is also projected to push Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions well past their pledged levels.
Canada needs to protect its local habitats and follow through on its international commitment to dutifully fight against global climate change. Allowing the Petronas company to move forward with their Pacific Northwest LNG project would be a failure on both of these fronts.
The damage that is wrought from relying on energy from natural gas cannot be justified any longer. I urge you to protect the Flora Bank ecosystem and the global environment at large by rejecting Petronas’ Pacific Northwest LNG project.
[Your Name Here]
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