Natives support LNG


A draft report issued Wednesday following a federal government review concludes the $12-billion Pacific Northwest LNG project would harm harbour porpoises and cause adverse affects from greenhouse gases, but not from other components, including salmon.

In the interest of balance I would like to summarize support among Native communities for Lelu Island related LNG developments. According to Gordon Hoekstra in April 2016 Pacific NorthWest LNG had signed impact-benefit agreements or term sheets with the Metlakatla, Kitselas, Kitsumkalum and Gitxaala First Nations. Even opposition from the Lax Kw’alaams who have lead the occupation of Lelu Island is not unanimous. Earlier this year Mayor, John Helin, offered conditional support for the project in a letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Further, according to the provincial government, 16 of 19 First Nations that must be consulted along the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project route have benefit agreements. Hoekstra notes that B.C. Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad has issued a written statement explaining the high level of support from First Nations in terms of the belief that the LNG sector can be developed in an environmentally sustainable manner and contribute positively to their communities.