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TransCanada seeks to start building B.C. gas pipeline without LNG project’s OK

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TransCanada’s headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

Global News, March 20, 2017

TransCanada Corp. is seeking regulatory approval to begin construction of a pipeline that would help feed a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal on B.C.’s north coast even though a final decision has not yet been made whether to build the terminal. Read the rest of this entry

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

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

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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

Haida leader asks B.C. premier to stay away for royal visit

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Members of the Haida Nation wore anti-LNG T-shirts in protest during Friday’s visit by the royal couple. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Premier Christy Clark says she told the Haida her hectic schedule would keep her from Haida Gwaii anyway

By Richard Zussman, CBC News, September 30, 2016

After a week of trailing the royal couple, B.C. Premier Christy Clark was asked by the Haida Nation not to come to Friday’s event.

The community is opposed to the controversial Pacific NorthWest LNG project that received approval from the federal government this week.

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

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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.

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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

Northwest B.C. Aboriginal Nations Decry “Deeply Flawed” LNG Assessment Process

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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

“Our disappointment is profound”

Market Wired, September 1, 2016

TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – Sept. 1, 2016) – Northwest Aboriginal nations have emerged from two days of meetings with the federal government demanding that its “deeply flawed” environmental assessment of a massive LNG proposal be delayed, in light of unfair and incomplete consultation with affected First Nations.

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First Nation Vote on Massive Gas Terminal Called Out by Band Members

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Lax Kw’alaams photo by Ash Kelly, Vice.com

By Sarah Berman, Vice.com, August 27, 2016

It’s official, Lax Kw’alaams First Nation voted 65 percent in favour of “successful outcomes.” At least that’s how negotiations for a massive liquefied natural gas terminal were characterized in a recent poll conducted by the band’s council. Read the rest of this entry