Okay folks - this is what happens when a scientific and regulatory entity gets too cosy with the folks it is supposed to regulate.
I honestly don't know who is in the right here but that is (almost) beside the point. Even the appearance of a bias is enough to have people reject what the gov't says.
Now (*dons tinfoil hat*) this may actually be intentional on the part of the gov't. Check out this quote:
So, lessee - link environmental activists with terrorists, introduce draconian police-state-type bill, provoke First Nations with tainted science and decisions, use resulting actions to call in police, and use ensuing ruckus to justify said police-state-type powers.
It's horrible that such a cynical thought even occurs to me.