Liquefied natural gas surveying carried out in protected areas 0
Grizzly bear. (FILE PHOTO)
Surveying for liquefied natural gas pipelines in northern B.C. is threatening protected areas and grizzly bears according to biologists, who charge a permit for such work is required.
Wayne McCrory of the Valhalla Wilderness Society said the Kwinimass Conservancy and the Khutzeymateen Inlet Conservancy are supposed to be protected by law.
“We thought these areas were protected forever and all of the sudden you have the B.C. government pretty well letting these companies survey wherever they want,” said the bear biologist. “We know what’s going on and I’ve also talked to B.C. parks and they’ve confirmed.”
McCrory said the helicopters being used to conduct the surveying are breaking guidelines on flying over protected areas.
“The place has a lot of guidelines and rules for protecting grizzly bears and they’re just in there doing what the hell they want to do.”
The Ministry of Environment said there was some work taking place in the area and parties will have a chance to comment.
“The ministry has not issued any permits for pipeline activities in this area at this time,” it said in an email. “Where research only involves field observation, no authorization from BC Parks is required. However, if sampling, disturbance of the soil, or other disturbance or destruction of a natural resource is contemplated, a park use permit is required.”