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Aboriginal group challenges Petronas’ consultation process for Pacific Northwest LNG project – Financial Post

by ahnationtalk on July 7, 2015390 Views

July 6, 2015

CALGARY – A First Nation in B.C. is taking the province to court for a lack of consultation on the massive Pacific Northwest LNG project, even though the band is based more than a hundred kilometres away from where the project would be built.

The Gitga’at First Nation is demanding a judicial review of B.C.’s decision not to include it among the five First Nations entitled to “full consultation” on Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas’) $11-billion Pacific Northwest LNG terminal planned for construction near Prince Rupert, B.C.

If successful, the challenge could change the way B.C. determines which aboriginal bands receive full consultation and which are entitled to partial consultation on major projects.

The Gitga’at First Nation is based in Hartley Bay, 121 kilometres south of Prince Rupert, but a release from the nation said two-thirds of the band members live in Prince Rupert, the largest city in the area.

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