Two Raincoast scientists were among 300 that sent a letter to Stephen Harper and the federal cabinet last week, calling on them to reject the Northern Gateway proposal because the JRP report was flawed.
The scientists believe the Joint Review Panel report was flawed for the following five broad reasons.
1. The JRP failed to adequately articulate the rationale for its findings,
2. The JRP considered only a narrow set of risks but a broad array of benefits, thereby omitting adequate consideration of key issues,
3. The JRP relied on information from the proponent, without external evaluation,
4. The report contradicted scientific evidence contained in official government documents, and
5. The Panel treated uncertain risks as unimportant risks, and assumed these would be negated by the proponent’s yet-‐to be-‐developed mitigation measures.