Agreement Another Step Forward for Pacific NorthWest LNG
Prince George, B.C. – Two First Nations have entered into an agreement with the Federal and Provincial governments on environmental monitoring of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
The agreement is the first of its kind, and will see both the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation working with provincial and federal authorities to ensure the project is developed in an environmentally sustainable way.
The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.
“We have always maintained the view that the environment is most important to us” said Mayor John Helin of the Lax Kwa’alaams Band ” and with this agreement in place, it will help protect the fish, waters and lands in our traditional territory. Any development can only take place if the necessary environmental protections are in place and this is an important step in that direction.”
The committee will enable enhanced environmental oversight of the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project through information-sharing and continuous environmental monitoring and oversight. It will also enable the Lax Kw’alaams Band and Metlakatla First Nation to provide input into the project’s environmental management plans and follow-up programs.
The project has been under criticism over its Lelu Island location and docking plan that would be in an area critical to salmon. Recently, there has been talk of possibly moving the docking facility to Ridley Island although such a move has not yet been confirmed.