OTTAWA, O.N. — Both sides involved in the controversial debate over the approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project continue to press their arguments forward in Ottawa.
A delegation of senior First Nations leaders from northwest BC has warned the Trudeau Liberals this week, claims of widespread First Nations support for the Petronas lead project are false.
The group includes hereditary chiefs of Lelu Island the proposed site of the $11.4 billion world scale LNG export facility, and they continued to argue, they’re the proper title holders and decision-makers for Lelu Island, and the adjacent Flora Bank salmon habit, and they have not been properly consulted about the project.
Also a member of the delegation, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs says, “Contrary to mythical claims of First Nations support being spread by the B.C. government and Petronas lobbyists in Ottawa, there is deeply entrenched, extensive and broad indigenous opposition to the proposed project, and Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet ministers can no longer pretend that this is not a significant factor in deciding if the project goes ahead.”
Meantime, speaking of the lobbyists in Ottawa this week, the Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition was also there, pressing the government for expedited approval of the project.
Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman says, “Our message to the Federal Government was crystal clear — delays in environmental approval decisions for Petronas LNG and other proposed projects will risk LNG from competing countries seizing customers ahead of Canada,” and she added, “We simply could miss this current market opportunity and this will be devastating to our communities.”
In response to the environmental objections to the project, Coalition Executive Director, Colin Griffith said, “We need to urge Canadians to re-examine our role in terms of Climate Change and to increase our awareness that extreme measures to limit the two percent of Green House Gasses emitted in Canada does not resolve this world wide challenge”, but he added, “It will certainly cause permanent damage to Canada’s resource economy, and severely limit and reduce our overall quality of life.”