LETTER: Steelhead LNG stoppage in Bamfield needs to be permanent

I am a landowner and permanent resident of Bamfield…

To the Editor,

I am a landowner and permanent resident of Bamfield, which is located within Huu-ay-aht First Nations (HFN) territory.

Be perfectly clear. I want Bamfield and Anacla (white and First Nations) people to have sustainable employment.

Steelhead LNG partnership aka Kwispaa with the Huu-au-aht is not the way.

Steelhead doesn’t have capital as I understand it, they are looking for investors while making grandiose promises to the HFN. Chief Robert Dennis is desperate to find ways to be self-sufficient; 75 percent of HFN people do not live locally so they are lured by the promises of money.

Most HFN people who do live locally know and share my sentiments.

This has the potential to be an environmental disaster. The Sarita River and surrounding area is a fragile ecosystem: a natural salmon habitat that has been undergoing years of restoration efforts.

Pachena Beach is cited as the probable epicenter for the next major earthquake which will cause a tsunami that will destroy my home. But Steelhead proposes to float their LNG operations on barges.

The required pipelines required are totally illogical and impractical to contemplate.

The increase in ship traffic will negatively affect marine life, especially whales.

We need to ensure that this halting of the Steelhead project is permanent and not some ruse to get corporate and government sponsorship.

Nancy J. Hendry,

Bamfield

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