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Lax Kwa’laams says no to LNG benefits package

Lax Kwa’laams voters unanimously rejected a benefits package around a energy company’s plan to build a natural-gas pipeline and LNG terminal in their territory.

The vote is the first three planned for the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation.

Band member Malcolm Sampson say everyone at the meeting in Port Simpson voted against the plan by Pacific NorthWest LNG, despite a $1.15 billion benefits offer.

The company, mostly owned by Malaysia-based oil and gas giant Petronas, has applied to build a natural-gas export terminal on Lelu Island, just south of Prince Rupert at the head of the Skeena River.

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