The Haida Nation has passed a resolution expressing its opposition to the BC government’s liquefied natural gas plans.
The resolution by the 2015 House of Assembly also demands that the mass export of any fossil fuel through Haida territory be prohibited.
Haida Nation President Peter Lantin says while their position on LNG isn’t new, he says the decision to get vocal about it is.
Lantin says there are no adequate provincial or federal emergency response systems in place to deal with a foundering ship; something the incident involving the cargo vessel Simushir illustrated last fall.
Lantin says the existing regime doesn’t provide for adequate Haida inclusion in management and planning of vessel traffic through Haida waters.
He says the Haida are looking forward to working with the new federal government to ensure that they commit to protecting oceans, including a formalized moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on the North Coast.