The Pacific Northwest Lng Project Environmental Assessment Report

1230 Words Nov 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Question 1

The Pacific Northwest LNG Project Environmental Assessment Report shows a lot of flaws in public participation. However, the project can only be expected to achieve ‘reasonable’ levels of public participation. Therefore, the public participation of this project, though inadequate compared to the principles of public participation, was reluctantly acceptable.
The principles of public participation require public consultation throughout every stage of the environmental assessment (EA). They also require the use of every opinion in the betterment of the project(2). However, the PNW LNG project did not consult aboriginal groups or the public during parts of the EA. Though, this is not solely due to the proponent’s lack of enthusiasm in public consultation. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines, which supplies the proponent with EA requirements, does not mention public consultation for determining mitigation, residual effects, or impact significance. The guidelines indicate that public consultation is only required for scoping, baseline data, prediction of impacts, and finalizing the mitigation plan after the project has been approved. Therefore issues such as community-based mitigation strategies, the impact of residual community effects, and misunderstandings of community significance are not heard in later parts of the process. That said, the guidelines have significantly stronger participation requirements than the CEAA 2012 Act, and can, in some…

Related Documents