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Gitxsan members file for judicial review of PNW LNG project
Richard Wright holds the federal judicial review application. (Credit: Mychaylo Prystupa)

Gitxsan members file for judicial review of PNW LNG project

Several hereditary chiefs with the Gitxsan First Nation are Vancouver to launch another legal challenge of a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for BC’s north coast.

The group’s traditional territory is in northwestern BC, near the area where a $11.4 billion Pacific Northwest LNG export terminal would be built close to Prince Rupert.

The federal government announced its approval of the $36 billion terminal and pipeline project in September, subject to 190 conditions, including a cap on carbon emissions.

A number of First Nations have signed pipeline benefit agreements, including groups representing the Gitxsan.

But Richard Wright of the Gitxsan House of Luutkudziiwus says those agreements are invalid.

He adds they had no choice but to go to the courts.

The Gitxsan challenge is in addition to three other actions by area First Nations or chiefs, asking the Federal Court for a judicial review of the approval, alleging the government failed to properly consult with them.

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