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Groups upstream of LNG project not impressed with MOU

Treaty 8 First Nations are voicing their opposition to recently announced memorandum of understanding between the province and Malaysian energy giant Petronas.

The government says the memorandum of understanding includes long-term royalty agreements that will mean revenue minimums for the province and rate stability for Petronas.

In a press release, the Treaty 8 First Nations in the province’s northeast, say they weren’t consulted on the project development agreement or long-term royalty agreement, and the potential impact it’ll have on their lands.

The Treaty 8 First Nations include the Fort Nelson, Prophet River, and West Moberly First Nations.

Their territory is upstream of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, and is already suffering from the cumulative impacts of the oil and gas industry according to the release.

They say their land and resources will be negatively affected by the drilling of thousands of new wells, and the construction of supporting infrastructure.

The group says the government wants to create stability and certainty for oil and gas companies to invest in the province, but that can’t come at the expense of their treaty rights, traditional way of life, or without consultation.

The release says the group is open to sustainable and responsible natural resource development, but only if they’re fully informed and involved in the decision making process that affects their land.

 

 

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