While there is heavy opposition to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG facility at Lelu Island, some in northern BC plan to hold rallies in support of the project Wednesday.
Organizers say residents, small business owners, and First Nations in Terrace, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John plan to let their voices be heard during simultaneous rallies over the noon hour.
Chief Councillor Joe Bevan of the Kitselas First Nation will speak at the Terrace event which will be held at the Skeena Mall parking lot.
Bevan says his nation’s position on LNG is based on due diligence. Bevan says as long as proponents maintain strong environmental standards, he will support LNG because of the jobs and growth it will provide.
Last week, over 130 scientists urged the federal government to reject the Petronas-backed project, saying it threatens critical salmon habitat around Lelu Island and nearby Flora Bank. Nearly 50 northwest fishing guides and lodge owners added their names against the project over concerns about its impact on salmon and the tourism industry it spawns.
If approved, Pacific NorthWest LNG is expected create up to 4500 jobs during construction, 330 long-term positions and about 300 spin-off jobs.