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Video: Defending the Water: Indigenous Resistance to Industrial Fragmentation

By Grassroots Rendering, Posted to Youtube on Oct 6, 2016

A short documentary on the initiatives of the Unist’ot’en, Madii Lii and Lelu Island camps and their resistance to prevent the development of LNG and fracking infrastructure in their lands and water.

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Deep divisions over BC LNG

Natural Gas LNG ship

A liquid natural gas tanker in Australia.

Multi-year benefit agreements have convinced some First Nations to back the project and pipeline, but some indigenous communities are still opposed

What’s next for Pacific NorthWest LNG project? 4 questions answered

Lelu Island Wetsuweten boat

Hereditary chiefs show their opposition to the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility at Lelu Island, Tsimshian territory.

Project faces market pressures in addition to environmental conditions

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, September 29, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet colleagues signed off on one of the largest energy infrastructure projects in this country’s history this week, but now attention turns to whether shovels will ever actually hit the ground to build the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal. Read the rest of this entry

Federal government approves $11.4-billion LNG project in B.C.

Lelu Island tsimshian banner

Banner on Lelu Island, Tsimshian territory.

Vancouver Sun, September 28, 2016

The federal government has approved an $11.4-billion, liquefied natural-gas mega-project that has been central to Premier Christy Clark’s plans to boost B.C.’s economy — and her hopes of re-election next spring.

Approval was announced late Tuesday after Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc travelled to Richmond after a cabinet meeting earlier in the day. Read the rest of this entry

Petronas considering Pacific NorthWest LNG delay: Wall Street Journal

Lelu Island boats protest

Warriors disrupt survey work by Petronas subcontractors near Lelu Island.

by Matt Preprost, Alaska Highway News, August 2, 2016

A report from the Wall Street Journal Tuesday morning suggests Petronas could delay a final investment decision on Pacific NorthWest LNG.

Citing two unnamed sources “familiar with the matter,” the Journal says a glut of gas on the world market, coupled with low oil and gas prices has “rendered the project unattractive at the moment.”

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Video: A LAST STAND FOR LELU – PART 1: They Will Come

B.C. First Nations appeal to United Nations to help stop LNG plant

A Pacific salmon hub is under threat

Lelu Island Wetsuweten boat

Wet’suwet’en leaders showing their solidarity with the Tsimshian at Lelu Island. Photo: Skeena Media.

by Carl Safina, National Georgraphic Ocean views, April 26, 2016

The Skeena River snakes out of fir-lined fjords on the misty northern coast of British Columbia, and washes over a thousand-acre sandbar. Flora Bank is a biological bottleneck over which millions of finger-length young salmon enter the sea each spring. Scientist Allen Gottesfeld calls Flora Bank the “Grand Central Station” for the watershed. All streams in the Skeena system lead here. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Update from Lax U’u’la Defenders

Lelu Island video grab

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BC Chiefs say approving Petronas gas project akin to declaring war

lelu island hereditary chiefs

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 Mark Blackburn, APTN National News, April 19, 2016

OTTAWA — The fight over a mega gas pipeline project in British Columbia reached Ottawa Tuesday as chiefs and stakeholders opposed to the proposal shared a stage to get their message out.

“If they approve this project, I think (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) declared war on the people who are concerned about this system,” said Gerald Amos, chair of the Friends of Wild Salmon on behalf of the chiefs assembled. Read the rest of this entry