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Social media calls to demonstrate against mystery barge

Social media calls to demonstrate against mystery barge

A social media call has gone out for an on-the-water demonstration at Lelu Island, near Port Edward.

The call to action says a barge with equipment is ready to begin drilling, but determining who the barge belongs to and what its plans are have been difficult.

Lax Kw’alaams deputy mayor, Stan Dennis says he’s heard from his members about the barge, but doesn’t know who it belongs to or its intentions.

He says regardless, any development on and around Lelu Island requires their permission.

Spencer Sproule of Pacific NorthWest LNG says they don’t have a barge in Port Edward, only a research vessel.

He says while there are plans for drilling bore hole samples, this isn’t it, and there are established protocols for informing and working with First Nations.

The Lax Kw’alaams Band recently issued a statement saying they will conduct their own investigative drilling to establish an alternative site away from the Flora Bank for the proposed LNG project.

Lelu Island is part of the controversial Pacific NorthWest LNG project.

The area’s sensitive ecology, particularly the Flora Bank, is an important salmon habitat.

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