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Lax Kw’alaams Band flip-flops on Pacific NorthWest LNG

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.

The Lax Kw’alaams Band’s first letter to CEAA.

The Lax Kw’alaams Band’s second letter to CEAA.

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  1. I think this letter is from some else and signing John Helin’s name. Better get to the facts first before posting. Ask John Helin himself.

  2. What further consultation?!!!
    What hereditary right does metlakatla COUNCIL have over ANY traditional territories? Who are the hereditary chiefs from there? What hereditary right does the lax kw alaams COUNCIL have over traditional territory? Funny how it was mentioned the first go around vote “we cannot interfere on another chiefs territory”
    So WHO ARE the chiefs that are all of a sudden sticking their nose into another’s territory?
    This is absolute freaking madness! Global warming is getting out of control and they want to add to this madness?

  3. Who was paid off?

  4. LNG is dead.
    Check the prevailing economic conditions worldwide before you approve a hair-brained scheme. It’s just as bad as Christy Clark’s ‘pipe-dream’, pun intended, if not worse!

  5. This is very sad, John Helin did not come back to the village. Lelu Island is not up for grabs. Those people that are out there are not going to give up. I think we need to see this transparency they promised. We never hear any thing unless it is on facebook. That is not right.

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