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First Nations hereditary leader loses court fight in LNG case

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Indigenous leaders gather on Lelu island where the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation has set up camp to protest the construction of the Petronas LNG terminal. Photograph: SkeenaWatershed Coalition

by Brent Jang, Globe and Mail, Feb 28, 2018

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed an application for a judicial review into whether Ottawa acted properly when it approved plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal in British Columbia, saying it is a moot point now because the project has been scrapped. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. government signs LNG benefits agreement with First Nations


Chief Councillor Harold Leighton (front row, left to right), Minister Rich Coleman and Mayor John Helin, and back row, left to right, Minister John Rustad, Premier Christy Clark, and Pacific NorthWest LNG chief project officer Wan Badrul are shown during the signing of documents on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in Victoria, B.C. CHAD HIPOLITO / THE CANADIAN PRESS

by Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, Feb 15, 2017

The B.C. Liberal government signed benefits agreements Wednesday worth hundreds of millions of dollars with the Lax Kw’aalams and Metlakatla First Nations in exchange for their support of LNG projects in their traditional territories of the province’s north coast. Read the rest of this entry

BC Premier Christy Clark visits remote First Nation divided over Pacific NorthWest LNG project

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BC Premier Christy Clark speaking at an LNG conference.

by Brent Jang, The Globe and Mail,  Jan. 18, 2017

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has travelled to Lax Kw’alaams for the first time, visiting the remote aboriginal community that is deeply divided over a controversial liquefied natural gas project.

Pacific NorthWest LNG is expected to make its final investment decision this summer about whether to build an $11.4-billion export terminal on Lelu Island in the Port of Prince Rupert – after this May’s B.C. election. Read the rest of this entry

B.C.’s Pacific Northwest LNG project faces more delays

Scientists want federal environment minister to reject ‘flawed’ B.C. LNG report on Lelu Island

More than 100 Canadian and U.S. scientists have concluded a federal environmental assessment of the $12-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal is “scientifically flawed” and represents an “insufficient base for a decision.”

The scientists, in a letter dated March 9, are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to reject a Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency draft report released last month that found the project would not adversely affect aquatic life, including salmon. The project has an estimated cost of $36 billion if development to extract gas in northeast B.C. and a pipeline to the coast are included.

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Lelu Island LNG project divides First Nations as protest continues

Lelu Island proposal graphicWhile some First Nations tentatively support project, Lax Kw’alaams has been protesting site for 70 days

By Daybreak North, CBC News, Nov 12, 2015

Petronas’ controversial Pacific Northwest LNG project on Lelu Island has several North Coast First Nations at an impasse.

For the past 70 days, members of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation have camped on the liquefied natural gas site to prevent further research, but leaders of the Metlakatla, Kitsumkalum, Kitselas and Gitxaala First Nations want the research work to continue. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous land defenders block LNG Terminal Construction has obtained exclusive footage of indigenous land defenders, blocking energy company Petronas from building a liquified natural gas terminal on Lelu Island. Members of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation say that Lelu Island and the banks surrounding it, are an essential habitat for migrating juvenile fish and other shellfish. They have made a call for physical and financial support so that they can keep Petronas out of their territories. To help them out visit

Lax Kw’alaams members seek to stop test drilling at proposed LNG site

Lelu Island groupPetronas-led proposal for Lelu Island is one of leading B.C. projects

Gitga’at First Nation launches legal challenge of Pacific Northwest LNG

A liquid natural gas tanker in Australia.

A liquid natural gas tanker in Australia.

It is seeking a judicial review of the B.C. government’s handling of consultation for the liquefied natural gas project on Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert in northwest B.C.

Lax Kw’alaams Band reject $1B LNG deal near Prince Rupert

The site of the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG plant, Lelu Island, near Port Edward, Photograph by: , Vancouver Sun

The site of the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG plant, Lelu Island, near Port Edward,
Photograph by: , Vancouver Sun

Experts say the project could still go ahead without the First Nation’s consent

CBC News, May 13, 2015

A natural gas benefit offer worth more than $1 billion has been rejected by a First Nation on B.C.’s northwest coast, but not everyone thinks it will necessarily scuttle the project.

Pacific NorthWest LNG was proposing to build a pipeline and terminal in the Lax Kw’alaams Band territory just south of Prince Rupert. Read the rest of this entry