Province Signs LNG Agreements With North Coast First Nations


Premier Christy Clark is touting two agreements reached with North Coast First Nations, regarding the Pacific Northwest LNG project, as important milestones for the proposal's future in BC.

The agreements with the Lax Kw'alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation are tied to the project proceeding and include the transfer of about three thousand hectares of land and almost 145 million dollars.

Lax Kw'alaams Mayor John Helin says the deal marks the first time his people have been included in developments in their traditional territories.

The project has yet to be given the green light by Malaysian energy giant Petronas, but a company official witnessed the signing ceremony today at the legislature.

Chief project manager Wan Badrul Hisham says the deal is significant.

If it goes ahead, the 36-billion-dollar project would create up to 45-hundred construction and 350 permanent jobs.