Members with the Lax Kw’alaams Band have voted against a $1 billion offer from Pacific NorthWest LNG according to the Globe and Mail. The offer is said to have been spread out over 40 years and was rejected because of environmental risks according to the band.

Among the concerns is that the project will harm salmon habitat in Flora Bank, which is next to the proposed export site on Lelu Island.

The result of the voting shows that it is not a money issue, and that the problem has to do with environmental and cultural concerns according to the Band.

Lax Kw’alaams Mayor Garry Reece said three votes were conducted, and all three came back as unanimous. There is reason to believe however that while the votes returned favoured a rejection of the offer, it was not unanimous as claimed.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is expected to make a decision on the potential project by October of this year.

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