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Lax Kw’alaams Band offered over $1 billion for LNG development

The Lax Kw’alaams band is asking its members to vote on a whether or not to allow LNG facilities and its associated pipeline on its land.

The Pacific Northwest LNG Facility and TransCanada’s Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipelines Projects are behind the proposal.

The LNG plant and its facilities would be built on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.

A proposed benefits package for the band is valued at over $1.1 billion over 40 years.

The benefits include one time payments, annual payments, land transfers, and a variety of other programs such training and scholarships, infrastructure, fisheries monitoring, and employment opportunities.

The band’s mayor and council sent an open letter to its membership letting them know about information sessions, as well as allowing its membership to ask questions about the projects.

A vote will be taken after each information session to assess support for the development.

The information sessions are from 7pm to 10:30pm at:

  • two in Lax Kw’alaams on May 4 and 5 at the school gym
  • two in Prince Rupert on May 6 and 7 at Chances
  • two in Vancouver on May 11 and 12 at the Chateau Granville at 1100 Granville Street

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  1. Rhonda Jackson

    I hope they had a lawyer, a contracting agent and a professional financial advisor, look over the said documents, and explaining all of it to their members, before letting them vote in ignorance, on a subject most of us, are not educated on.

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