First Nation protests plans for LNG plant on BC island

They’re asserting their rights for the island as traditional Tsimshian territory.

LELU ISLAND, BC — Some members of a north coast First Nation are gathering on a small island near Prince Rupert, BC, to protest plans for a liquefied natural gas project.

Members of the Lax Kw’alaams band are preparing to set up tents and carry out other activities on Lelu Island, which they claim as traditional Tsimshian territory.

They urge other members of the band to join them, in a protest that coincides with Pacific Northwest’s launch of investigative work on an LNG plant proposed for the island.

Prince Rupert Port Authority spokesman Michael Gurney confirms Pacific Northwest wants to check geotechnical conditions, and expects work to continue until November.

The First Nation and SkeenaWild, a conservation initiative devoted to protecting the Skeena River, oppose any development on Lelu Island because of concern for eelgrass beds, which are vital for healthy marine environments.

SkeenaWild spokesman Greg Knox says Lelu is the worst place for an LNG plant, adding 18 LNG projects are proposed for the north coast but the Lelu Island site is the only one opposed by the environmental group.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

1 Comment » for First Nation protests plans for LNG plant on BC island
  1. Randy says:

    One needs only to follow the foreign money being pumped into environmental protests. Corruption of our NEB comes at the hands of foreign money. People from other countries are high jacking our society in effort to curb development and competition. Be it from US, OPEC or Russian sources these environmental organizations should have no say what so ever and should be tossed from every meeting they attend. They are not Canadian interests when the money trail is coming from outside sources. It’s time we took a stand and told all these environmental activists to leave including Suzuki and his fake charitable organizations stealing tax dollars. Until they can prove they are not funded by foreign sources or Canadian taxes as fake charities, no environmental organization should have any standing on any project within Canada.

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