In an apparent turnabout, the Lax Kw’alaams Band has written to the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency a letter in support of the Petronas-backed Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
On March 7th, the band sent a letter to CEAA advising the agency of their continued opposition to the PNW project.
The letter goes on to list several areas of concern, but is particularly critical of the science and modelling used to show the project would have little or no impact on Flora Bank.
It also rejects Lelu Island as a potential site for the LNG plant.
The letter is signed by Lax Kw’alaams Mayor John Helin.
But just eight days later, on March 15th, the band issued a letter in support of the project as long as two conditions are met.
The letter says the change in decision was made after further consultation with community members.
The two conditions are that PNW will report to an Environmental Performance Committee that includes the Lax Kw’alaams band, CEAA and other federal agencies, and that PNW must respond to the committees’ environmental and safety proposals if the project is approved.
Mayor John Helin has not yet responded to requests for an interview.