Minister rescinds new gas plant regulation

In an announcement late Wednesday Polak said “I would like to acknowledge First Nations concerns about amendments to the Reviewable Projects Regulation under the Environmental Assessment Act. Our government apologizes for failing to discuss the amendment with First Nations prior to its approval.”

First Nations from around the Province are in Fort Nelson for an LNG Summit. When they heard about the change, they barred members of the Provincial Government from attending the conference and said they should have been consulted before the change was made.

In a statement late Wednesday Polak said “Our government is committed to a strong, respectful and productive relationship with First Nations. That is why we will rescind the amendment that would have removed the requirement for an environmental assessment for sweet gas facilities and destination

resorts, until we have undertaken discussions with First Nations. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has been made aware of this decision, and respects the need for our government to have further discussions with First Nations.”