The Wet’suwet’en First Nation released a video called “Moving Forward” on Monday that looks at the pros and cons of LNG development for First Nations communities.
The video has interviews with people along the length of proposed pipelines, as well as those in the LNG industry.
Karen Ogen is the Chief of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, and she says the video is an attempt to show without bias the impacts of LNG development.
She says the discussion over LNG right now is extremely polarized, but there should be an informed approach with unbiased experts presenting all the information.
She says her community must diversify its revenue, and this is an opportunity to do so.
She points out that resource extraction has long been a part of the economy, and hasn’t attracted as much scrutiny as LNG.
In 1968 Pacific Northern transmission line from Prince George to Kitimat and Prince Rupert was constructed, and she thinks there should be an impact study on that pipeline to show what are the effects of that pipeline on the environment.
She also thinks many people don’t see the distinction between a oil pipeline versus a gas pipeline.
Ogen says her community is against oil, but has voted in favour of gas, and she takes her lead from what the community says.
When the Wet’suwet’en First Nation initially signed onto TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink, Ogen says they received a lot of criticism.
But she says now those communities are facing the same issues, and she says she wants to be supportive and provide education and information.The video can be found here.