Groups opposed to Pacific Northwest LNG continue lawsuit against environmental certificate

first_imgEnvironmental group SkeenaWild and two First Nations groups had filed a lawsuit last October, claiming the Canadian government’s environmental assessment was invalid and that the project would have significant and adverse environmental effects.SkeenaWild’s executive director Greg Knox told Reuters in a phone interview, “The reason we are doing that is that we are concerned they could come back at a later date and build there, or that they could try to sell their permit to another company that wants the facility.”Story courtesy Reuters: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Several environmental and aboriginal groups still want to go ahead with a lawsuit that aims to annul an environmental permit granted for the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal, despite main backer Petronas announcing last month that it was scrapping the project.A representative for the groups filing suit against the Canadian government told Reuters that they want the permit granted by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency overturned so that the C$36 billion plan for an LNG export facility on Lelu Island can’t be resurrected by Petronas or any other operator in the future.Petronas, which has a 62 percent stake in Pacific NorthWest LNG, declined to comment on the lawsuit.- Advertisement -The company said last month that it was pulling out of the project because of persistently low natural gas prices. It had received the environmental permit after a three-year wait but with 190 conditions that aimed to limit the environmental impact of the project.Still, minority stakeholder Indian Oil Corp Ltd, which owns a 10 percent stake in the project, said last week that the consortium was scouting for a new, cheaper location for the export terminal.Petronas declined to comment on whether it was involved in a search for a new location, but said it continues to look at opportunities to monetize its Montney Basin gas resources in the Peace Region.Advertisementlast_img read more

Twelve passengers taken off jetliner

first_imgAMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) – Dutch F-16s escorted a Northwest Airlines flight bound for India back to an airport here Wednesday after the pilot radioed for help, and police arrested 12 passengers who had aroused suspicions, authorities said. Police spokesman Rob Staenacker said he could not disclose their nationalities or the nature of the suspicions against them, only that “12 people have been arrested.” An American passenger, who identified herself only as Alpa, told AP Television News she saw about a dozen people taken off the plane in handcuffs. While Flight NO0042 to Bombay was over German airspace shortly after takeoff, the pilot radioed for permission to return to Schiphol Airport and asked for an escort of jet fighters because some of the passengers were acting suspiciously, the Defense Ministry said. “A number of them behaved, in the opinion of the crew, in a suspicious manner,” said the ministry. “As a result, the captain asked to return to Schiphol.” A U.S. government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, said crew members and air marshals observed the passengers trying to use cell phones and passing them among themselves while the airliner was taking off. “It was behavior that average passengers wouldn’t do,” the official said. The DC-10 was escorted back to Schiphol by two F-16s scrambled from a northern military airfield, the Defense Ministry said. Routine security measures were swiftly put into place. The plane was carrying 149 passengers, when it turned around after crossing the German border. A Northwest DC-10 has a normal seating capacity of 273. The Dutch National Terrorism Coordinator’s Office was informed, but said there was no reason to raise the national threat level, spokeswoman Judith Sluiter said. The flight was canceled until Thursday, and the passengers were put up in hotels, Northwest said. “It is the same as it was before – light threat,” said Sluiter. Like airports around the world, Schiphol raised the level of security two weeks ago when British police announced they had uncovered a plot to blow up several U.S.-bound commercial jetliners, but Kuypers said threat levels had returned to normal. Several alerts have been sounded since the terrorism plot was outlined in London. On Friday, a British plane made an emergency landing in southern Italy after a bomb scare, and the U.S. Air Force scrambled jets to escort a United Airlines flight from London to Washington as it was diverted to Boston. Wednesday’s security alert was the first at Amsterdam’s international airport since September, when a British Airways flight returned in similar circumstances. It turned out to be a false alarm. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more