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Chiefs challenge natural gas pipeline
Left to right Hereditary Chief Luutkudziiwus (Charlie Wright) Hereditary Chief Noola (Norm Moore) House Member Brian Moore Hereditary Chief Xsim Wits’iin (Lester Moore)

Chiefs challenge natural gas pipeline

A BC First Nation group is launching a legal challenge of a gas pipeline that would feed a controversial LNG facility on the North Coast.

Luutkudziiwus Hereditary Chiefs, members of the Gitxsan Nation House Group, have traveled to Vancouver to make the announcement while government and industry are gathered at the 2015 LNG conference.

Spokesperson Richard Wright says they are taking the government to court over regulatory permits issued to the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline over what he says is a lack of consultation, inadequate information, a weak impact assessment, and cumulative effects from past development.

The proposed pipeline would cross 34 km of traditional Madii Lii territory on its way to the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility near Prince Rupert.

“Our Madii Lii territory is not to be played with by the province of BC in their LNG game. Clark’s LNG dream is a nightmare for us. While she tries to maintain a shiny picture of LNG in their conference this week, the reality is that First Nations are being bulldozed, and we have had enough,” says Hereditary Chief Luutkudziiwus (Charlie Wright).

The Chiefs will ask the BC Supreme Court to quash the Environmental Assessment Certificate and the BC Oil and Gas Commission permit to construct and operate the PRGT pipeline.

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