BC LNG: Sarita Bay LNG Vote Came with Promise of Multimilli

BC LNG: Sarita Bay LNG Vote Came with Promise of Multimilli

Postby Oscar » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:10 pm

Sarita Bay LNG Vote Came with Promise of Multimillion-Dollar Education Fund

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‘It was like an ultimatum to vote yes,’ says citizen of Huu-ay-aht First Nation.

By Andrew Nikiforuk , TheTyee.ca April 6, 2017

Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about the energy industry for two decades and is a contributing editor to The Tyee. Find his previous stories here

Huu-ay-aht First Nation members were coerced into supporting a liquefied natural gas project on Sarita Bay on Vancouver Island’s west coast, an opponent of the development has charged.

On March 25 Huu-ay-aht members voted 140 to 61 in favour of moving ahead with a “co-management development arrangement” with Steelhead LNG. The Huu-ay-aht First Nation government said it is the first such agreement for an LNG plant in the province.

But Stella M. Peters, a citizen of the nation, said members were left with little choice after leaders promised $2 million for education and training and to more than double monthly grants to elders — but only if the LNG development was approved in the referendum.

“It was like an ultimatum to vote yes,” charged Peters. “It seemed to me like a sellout.”


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