ALBERNI VALLEY TIMES – Huu-ay-aht approve LNG

Eric Plummer / Alberni Valley Times
December 2, 2014 12:00 AM

Massive project proceeds after favourable vote

A proposed liquefied natural gas plant southwest of Port Alberni took a major step toward realization Saturday when members of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations voted to proceed with the development on their land.

One hundred and twenty one citizens of the First Nation voted for the development to proceed while another 77 were against it at the Huu-ay-aht People’s Assembly, thereby allowing the lease of Treaty Settlement Lands in Sarita Bay for the LNG plant.

Led by Steelhead LNG, who have partnered with the First Nation’s government to explore the viability of the plant, the project is proposed to be a $30-billion export facility in Barkley Sound, approximately 70 kilometres southwest of Port Alberni. With natural gas pipelines extending from the B.C. mainland and a capacity to ship 24 million tonnes of liquefied product oversees annually, the proposed project in Sarita Bay would become the largest in British Columbia if fully developed. “Today’s vote is an indication that our nation is open for business and that certainty can be achieved for projects on First Nations territory in B.C.,” said Jeff Cook, Chief Councillor of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, in a statement released Saturday.

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