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Port calls on Lelu Island occupiers to stop construction

The Port of Prince Rupert wants land occupiers at Lelu Island to stop construction activities at the site of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal.

Port authority communications manager Michael Gurney says a letter has been delivered to Lelu Island camp members opposed to the liquefied natural gas project.

Gurney says the direction came after the Port consulted with the leadership of local Coast Tsimshian communities.

Port of Prince Rupert President and CEO Don Krusel says while the port respects the camp members’ right to express opinions about development, raising makeshift structures does not meet that definition.

Michael Gurney says Lelu Island falls within the administrative jurisdiction of the Port of Prince Rupert, although the Lax Kw’alaams Band has filed a title claim to the island.

Gurney says the Port is hopeful that camp members will stop additions, but he says the port has reserved the right to require that the existing camp structures be dismantled and all contents removed from the island.

CFNR has attempted to contact Lelu Island camp members, but has yet to hear back.

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