The province issued a press release today thanking the Lax Kw’alaams Band for voting in favour of pursuing liquefied natural gas development in their traditional territory.
532 ballots were cast in favour of the band council continuing discussions towards LNG development, while 279 were opposed with one spoiled ballot.
Lax Kw’alaams mayor, John Helin, released a statement saying he’ll be discussing next steps with various stakeholders.
He also acknowledged that not all band members will be happy with the results, but adds the environment continues to be their priority.
Leading up to the vote, some band members expressed concerns over the ballot question and the voting process.
Voting was conducted earlier this week.
The Lax Kw’alaams Band turned down a $1-billion benefits package with the Petronas back Pacific NorthWest LNG project last year.
Opponents of the project cite environmental concerns, particularly how the PNW project will impact important salmon habitat at Flora Bank off Lelu Island.