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% 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.
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.
Pacific NorthWest LNG received an Environmental Certificate from the Government of British Columbia in 2014.
Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development –
“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.”
John Helin, Mayor, Lax Kw’alaams Band –
“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.”
John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation –
“The results of Lax Kw’alaams community poll show strong support for further discussions with government and industry proponents about potential LNG development. This is an important milestone and we share the First Nations goal of protecting the environment and providing positive outcomes for Lax Kw’alaams and all British Columbians as future agreements are pursued.”
- The LNG industry is unique opportunity to grow the economy and create jobs in British Columbia.
- There are approximately 20 LNG export proposals at various stages of development in the province. The provincial government estimates over $20 billion has been spent by industry so far to support the opportunity.
- To date, the Province has signed 62 natural gas Pipeline Benefit Agreements with 29 First Nations linked to LNG proposals in British Columbia.
For more information about liquefied natural gas in British Columbia: www.lnginbc.ca
For more information about the Lax Kw’alaams Band: http://laxkwalaams.ca/