First Nations group preparing legal challenge to LNG project in Prince Rupert

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Our province’s annual LNG conference has attracted 300 industry stakeholders, but opposition remains.

A First Nations group is set to ask the court to block aspects of a project in Prince Rupert.

The house of Luutkudziiwus within the Gitxsan nation is set to ask for a judicial review related to the Pacific North West Liquefied Natural Gas proposed project over concerns local salmon populations would take a hit.

Richard Wright with the house says the review would aim to overturn the environmental certificate and construction approval for the project. He says the issue is a lack of information and consultation.

“We’d have to take into consideration future generatinos of the Gitxsan people. We need more research. We need more information to be able to make that decision.”

Wright insists a settlement isn’t the aim.

“For them to just throw a pile of cash on the table and essentially say, ‘Have you been consulted?’ That wouldn’t go over too well with us,” he tells us.

The house plans to formally request the BC Supreme Court’s intervention within a month’s time.

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