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Canada: Petronas-led "Pacific North West LNG project" - impacts on indigenous rights, environment

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15 June 2015

Canada Cheers As Petronas Led LNG Project Ready To Take Off In British Columbia

Author: Kalyan Kumar, International Business Times

Canada’s British Columbia has bagged its first energy project in export liquefied natural gas and paved way for Canada's efforts to hardsell its natural gas resources in key Asian markets. The ambitious Pacific North West LNG project, will be led by Malaysia’s Petronas and there will be an initial investment of CA$12 billion.

The requisite pipelines will be built by TransCanada Corp through the north of BC at a cost of $5 billion for linking shale gas fields to the liquefaction terminal. There is all round cheer in Canada after Petronas-led consortium on June 12 said it will go ahead with the LNG project despite some tough conditions set by the government and regulators, reports Financial Post.

Petronas finally signed the project development deal with British Columbia in May and in a few days Petronas CEO WanZulkiflee Wan Ariffin said the company would proceed with a “conditional final investment” decision. The Pacific NorthWest LNG project in BC will be operating as a joint venture among operators Petronas, China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Petroleum Brunei.

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21 May 2015

Who Is BC's Big LNG Partner? A Petronas Primer

Author: Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca

Just one week after the Lax Kw'alaams band rejected a $1-billion offer by Petronas to build a liquefied natural gas terminal at the mouth of the Skeena River in British Columbia, Premier Christy Clark has signed an agreement with Malaysia's national oil company to "establish the path to a final investment decision on the project."

Part of that path includes a long-term commitment by the provincial government not to raise natural gas royalties, regardless of changes in global prices for the commodity...

Just what kind of company is Petronas, and what's its relationship to the Malaysian government? The Tyee looked at the public record...

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15 May 2015

Press release: Lax Kw’alaams Band

Author: Lax Kw’alaams Band

...Lelu Island and the adjacent Flora Bank are located entirely in the traditional territory of the Allied Tsimshian Tribes of Lax Kw’alaams (“Lax Kw’alaams”). Lelu Island and Flora Bank are situated in the estuary of the Skeena River. The Skeena River is the second largest salmon producing river in BC....

...The significance of the Skeena River estuary to area First Nations cannot be overstated. Lax Kw’alaams is bound by the traditional law of all Tsimshian and up-river communities to protect the fisheries resource – including the salmon and all other species – for future generations. This is a first line of defense in respect to the aboriginal food fishery, a fishery which has sustained coastal and upriver first nations through the millennia...

...Lax Kw’alaams recognizes the positive economic impacts for all British Columbians that might result from a positive final investment decision by PNW. Lax Kw’alaams will continue to work with PNW in good faith to find a solution. Aboriginal Rights and Title...

The Terminal is planned to be located in the traditional territory of the Lax Kw’alaams. Only Lax Kw’alaams have a valid claim to aboriginal title in the relevant area - their consent is required for this project to proceed. There are suggestions governments and the Proponent may try to proceed with the project without consent of the Lax Kw’alaams. That would be unfortunate...

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8 May 2015

B.C. First Nations group rejects $1-billion offer from LNG venture

Author: Brent Jang, Globe & Mail

In the second stage of three votes, members of a B.C. First Nations group have again unanimously rejected a $1-billion offer from a liquefied natural gas project.

More than 255 eligible Lax Kw’alaams voters at a meeting Thursday night in Prince Rupert stood up to show their opposition, row upon row, two sources close to the aboriginal group said...

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