The Chief of the Fort Nelson First Nation is expressing her distress with the Province’s decision to grant an Environmental Assessment (EA) certificate to the Cabin Gas Plant project.
As reported on Thursday, an EnCana led consortium has been given environmental approval to build the multi-billion dollar project, with an eye to opening up B.C.’s Horn River Basin to shale gas development. On Friday, Fort Nelson First Nation Chief Kathie Dickie said her council and community are extremely disappointed. [asset|aid=2453|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6eb095c9935b374e8687f30b0f857705-Dickie-1_1_Pub.mp3]
Chief Dickie says her frustratrions stem from a lack of consultation between the consortium looking to build the plant and her community. She says, despite a legal obligation to consult with First Nations, her group has not been adequately accomodated.
In addition, she says the Fort Nelson First Nation completed a study on the proposal, which was much more comprehensive than studies done by Encana, though the results of that study have been largely ignored.
The EA certificate does stipulate that the developers must hire locally, and use local goods and services, and Chief Dickie says she’s happy about the potential employment and economic benefits to the region and the province, but she has bigger concerns. [asset|aid=2454|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6eb095c9935b374e8687f30b0f857705-Dickie-2_1_Pub.mp3]
Chief Dickie says the Fort Nelson First Nation is currently examining its legal options. Click here more on the Environmental Assessment, and here for a previous story on Chief Dickie’s frustratations with the EAO.