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B.C. First Nation signs benefit deal for Pacific NorthWest LNG

Deal for Pacific NorthWest LNG project covers nation's environmental concerns, comes after "intensive negotiation"



PORT EDWARD, B.C.—A member of the Tsimshian First Nation has signed an agreement with Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd. around a proposed multi-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility near Prince Rupert, B.C.

Most of the agreement’s details between the Metlakatla Governing Council and the Petronas-led company are being kept confidential.

However, a statement says the deal covers the nation’s environmental concerns and comes after “intensive negotiation” between the two parties and the province.

Under the agreement, the Metlakatla is being paid for signing on and for providing a letter of support around the project.

Chief Harold Leighton says his nation has weighed the pros and cons of the proposed terminal at Lelu Island and feels this is the best deal possible.

Earlier this month, Petronas said it was delaying its LNG terminal in northwestern British Columbia because conditions weren’t right to proceed with the $36-billion project.

Still, the company this week signed a property tax agreement with the local municipal government should the project proceed.

The Nisga’a Nation recently signed a separate agreement around the proposed LNG terminal that includes removing more than 63 hectares of land from the Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park.

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