Pacific NorthWest LNG Plant
The federal cabinet has approved an $11.4 billion pipeline project that would transport natural gas over 900 km from northern British Columbia to the Prince Rupert area. The Pacific Northwest LNG project is backed by the giant Malaysian company Petronas. Without any warning, in early May 2015, Petronas offered Lax Kw'alaams tribe of Canada $1.25 Billion dollars to allow them to build a liquified natural gas (LNG) plant on their Lax U'u'la territory. In three rounds of voting, the community voted 100% unanimously NO to this offer, as the risk to salmon in Flora Bank, which is traditional Lax Kw'alaams territory Lax U'u'la (Lelu Island) at the mouth of the Skeena river near Prince Rupert, BC. They stated clearly that Flora Bank is off-limits to industrial development. 330 million migrating salmon from the Skeena river rely on Flora Bank. 10 Nations and 60,000 people in the Skeena watershed rely on these fish for food, commercial fishing, and cultural identity. After the vote, the BC government and Petronas acted as if the vote did not happen. Without changing their plant design, Petronas gave their conditional Final Investment Decision on June 11, 2015 for the project, making it the first LNG project in BC to get to final investment. British Columbia passed the LNG Project Agreements Act to allow Petronas to build on Lax U'u'la.
Who’s fighting this pipeline?-