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

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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

Twenty years after historic Delgamuukw land claims case, pipeline divides Gitxsan Nation

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Gitanmaax is a reserve in northern B.C. where Gitxsan members discovered confidential documents revealing that some hereditary chiefs had given their consent for the PRGT pipeline in exchange for money. Trevor Jang

Revelations that Delgamuukw is among chiefs who accepted money to support LNG development without consulting all members threaten to undermine landmark court victory

Earl Muldon sits at his kitchen table surrounded by family, sipping coffee. His wife Shirley brings over a plate of cream cake topped with huckleberries. They’re hand-picked from the land surrounding his two-storey home in Gitanmaax, a village of about 800 people from the Gitxsan Nation in northwestern British Columbia, near the town of New Hazelton. 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

Gitxsan launch legal challenge over LNG project on Lelu

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Richard Wright holds up a federal judicial review application at a press conference in Vancouver, sitting among hereditary leaders.— image credit: Contributed: Mychaylo Prystupa

by  Shannon Lough, The Northern View, January 10, 2017

The federal government is facing another lawsuit filed by a northern First Nation dissatisfied with the consultation process during the environmental assessment of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.

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Gitxsan First Nation launches court challenge against LNG approval

Lelu Island proposal graphicPacific NorthWest LNG project to be built near Prince Rupert

The Canadian Press January 10, 2017

Members of a B.C. First Nation are launching another legal challenge of a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for the province’s north coast.

Several hereditary chiefs with the Gitxsan First Nation are in Vancouver today to announce their opposition to the Pacific Northwest LNG project, a project backed by Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas.

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Petronas Said to Eye New Island for $27 Billion Canada LNG Plan

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The site of the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG plant, Lelu Island, near Port Edward, Photograph by: http://www.lonniewishart.com , Vancouver Sun

LNG Canada looks for new lead contractor on $40-billion proposal for Kitimat

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Artist’s rendering of the proposed LNG Canada project at Kitimat. (LNG Canada/flickr)

by Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun, December 10, 2016

The consortium proposing a $40 billion liquefied natural gas development at Kitimat is calling for bids to find a new lead construction contractor looking to shore up costs while the project is under an indefinite delay. Read the rest of this entry

Pacific NorthWest LNG assessment underestimated risks to salmon, study claims

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Juvenile salmon swim in the waters of the Skeena estuary, south of Prince Rupert, B.C. (Tavish Campbell)

Scientific study challenges whether risk to juvenile salmon was properly known but Ottawa stands by decision

By Lisa Johnson, CBC News, November 9, 2016

Federal approval of a controversial liquefied natural gas export terminal on British Columbia’s North Coast underestimated impacts on juvenile wild salmon, according to a new scientific study published today. Read the rest of this entry

Geologist hired to study sediment calls Flora Bank LNG approval ‘science fraud’

 

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The site of the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG plant, Lelu Island, near Port Edward, Photograph by: http://www.lonniewishart.com , Vancouver Sun

by  Canadian Press, Nov 6, 2016

When Patrick McLaren first pitched a sediment analysis of the port of Prince Rupert, B.C., seabed, he had no idea he would uncover a “mind-blowingly wonderful” 8,000-year-old anomaly underpinning a long-established area of critical salmon habitat. Read the rest of this entry

Anti-pipeline Gitxsan angry over province’s deal with unelected band chiefs

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Gitxsan protest against proposed LNG projects, including the Pacific Northwest LNG pipeline.

‘You’ve brought shame to Gitxsan’

By George Baker, Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, October 20, 2016

Members of the Gitxsan First Nation opposed to pipeline development are outraged that nine unelected hereditary chiefs are working on a deal with the province connected to a natural gas pipeline on B.C.’s North Coast. Read the rest of this entry