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Lax Kw’alaams Band members reject LNG offer

The Lax Kw’alaams Band has rejected a billion-dollar offer from Pacific NorthWest LNG that would see a liquefied natural gas plant built in its territory near Prince Rupert.

The band issued a statement after the third and final vote by community members Tuesday night in Vancouver.

Lax Kw’alaams Mayor Garry Reece says money isn’t the issue. He says community members are concerned about the proposed project’s impact on critical salmon habitat in Flora Bank next to the site of the proposed terminal.

Reece says his community is still open to development and continued talks with Pacific NorthWest LNG, but says the door is closed to any development near Flora Bank.

Reece and the 12 elected councilors of the band will make the final decision on the agreement.

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