Vote affirms LNG importance to First Nations

The Province would like to thank members of the Lax Kw’alaams Band for voting in favour of continuing to pursue liquefied natural gas (LNG) development in their traditional territory.

Through a community poll, 65.5 per cent of 812 members of the Lax Kw’alaams Band expressed support for their council to continue discussions with both the Province and industry, provided the environment is protected.

“This is another step in a process that could lead to the Petronas project becoming a reality. We will have meetings with the appropriate parties – Petronas, the Province, and the federal government – to see what the next steps are for this proposed project. I appreciate the views and concerns of everyone and take them very seriously. We have not moved from our position about the environment, which is a very important component,” said John Helin, mayor, Lax Kw’alaams Band.

The positive vote followed extensive informational meetings conducted by the Lax Kw’alaams council. During these sessions, band members reviewed the Pacific NorthWest LNG proposal, the opportunities associated with LNG development, and plans for environmental protection and monitoring.

Pacific NorthWest LNG is being reviewed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, with a decision expected in the near future. The proponent has already announced a conditional final investment decision and plans to review all elements of their facility following a verdict by the federal government.

“The Government of British Columbia congratulates the Lax Kw’alaams Band for voting in support of continuing their discussions with us. Pacific NorthWest LNG will create jobs and new economic opportunities for members of the Lax Kw’alaams and, collectively, we will ensure the export facility upholds the highest standards environmental protection,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development.

Pacific NorthWest LNG received an Environmental Certificate from the Government of British Columbia in 2014.

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