VICTORIA B.C. – B.C. Green MLA Adam Olsen (Saanich North and the Islands) released the following statement today in response to concerns that the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is endangering the Coquihalla River salmon population.
“I am unsettled to hear that the Coquihalla River salmon population is being threatened during migration. Salmon represent a key part of the ecosystem and it is unacceptable that they be placed in danger over the priorities of a fossil fuel company. With salmon stocks already on the decline in B.C., we simply cannot risk further damage to the population.
“I urge the Trans Mountain to halt their work until the salmon migration is complete. The permit to trench the river was issued for a least-risk scenario. Endangering the migration of a vulnerable keystone species is not a least-risk scenario. I ask the B.C. NDP government to join me in our call for the protection of this critical ecosystem.
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