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Lelu Island’s Ken Lawson hopeful CEAA delay could mean good news

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has been given three more months to evaluate the Pacific NorthWest LNG project by the federal Environment Minister.

The agency says new information from Pacific NorthWest LNG about construction in the marine environment and Lelu Island has led to more questions, including its impact on fish, fish habitat, marine mammals.

Ken Lawson, whose traditional territory is on Lelu Island as part of his hereditary house, says he hopes the delay is a good sign.

Lawson also says he’s surprised in the turnabout letter sent by the Lax Kw’alaams Band last week, saying he attended one of the meetings, but there was no discussion about having a vote or changing positions.

He says no referendum or further meetings were held to change the band’s official position, despite the letter being dated the same day as those meetings.

In a letter dated March 7th, the band submitted a letter to CEAA saying it does not support the project, but on March 15th, they submitted a revised letter saying they now support the project after further community consultations.

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