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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

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Lax Kw’alaams hereditary leaders voice support for oil tanker ban

A group of North Coast First Nation hereditary leaders says it is in full support of the federal government’s proposed oil tanker ban.

The Allied Tribes of Lax Kw’alaams says there have been misconceptions about who represents the hereditary leadership of the First Nation. The leadership group says that the Chief’s Council set up to advise proponents of the Eagle Spirit Energy project has been misrepresented as the voice for hereditary leaders in Lax Kw’alaams. Read the rest of this entry

TransCanada keeps LNG pipeline to northwest B.C. alive

lng tankerby Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, January 5, 2018

TransCanada continues to keep alive its $6-billion Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project to transport natural gas from northeast B.C. by pipeline to the coast despite uncertain market and economic conditions. Read the rest of this entry

‘Our blood is still on the land’: Tsimshian raise totem pole declaring victory over B.C. LNG project

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Members of Lax Kw’alaams, Metlakatla and the Tsimshian First Nations, among others, were present for the raising of a new totem pole on Lelu Island. (Vicki Manuel)

Pole is on island where construction of an LNG export terminal was cancelled in July

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, October 23, 2017

Members of the Tsimshian First Nation have raised a new totem pole on Lelu Island in northwest B.C. to assert their stewardship over the land and celebrate the cancelation of a controversial liquefied natural gas project. Read the rest of this entry

Petronas cancels $11.4-billion LNG project near Prince Rupert

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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 Scott Brown and Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver sun, July 25, 2017

Malaysian state-controlled energy giant Petronas has pulled the plug on the proposed $11.4-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Prince Rupert.

Petronas planned to build a LNG processing plant on Lelu Island that would have shipped 19 million tonnes a year of liquefied gas to markets in Asia, while pumping more than five million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry

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

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

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

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

Petronas considering Pacific NorthWest LNG delay: Wall Street Journal

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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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