Robin Junger comments on Lax Kw'alaams vote against proposed Petronas project in Business in Vancouver 

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May 27, 2015

Aboriginal and Environmental Co-Chair Robin Junger was recently quoted in the Business in Vancouver article: "Routes of energy controversy," which speaks to the recent Lax Kw'alaams First Nations vote against a $1.1 billion offer of cash and land to support Petronas' Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW) project in Prince Rupert.

Lax Kw'alaams is opposing the LNG project due to its potential impact on the Flora Bank land in the Skeena River estuary. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is expected to complete its assessment and a make a decision on Petronas' proposal this fall. Junger stated that things could potentially change when the environmental assessment is complete. "I've seen in other situations where sometime agreements are reached later in the regulatory processes after some of those questions have been answered."

Junger also highlights that the benefits agreements offered to the First Nations could potentially garner buy-in for the project but they are not required by law.

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