REPORTING · 26th November 2010
The results of the Kitamaat Village and Haisla Nation referendum, on the use of their traditional territory for the construction and operation of Kitimat LNG, was overwhelmingly in favour. The vote, which took place on November 17, 2010 had 380 votes cast with 354 marked YES.
Apache Canada President, the significant partner in Kitimat LNG expressed excitement about the future opportunities this would mean for both the Haisla and their company.
The Kitamaat Village Council released a statement advising their members they would be holding a signing ceremony in the near future.
“We are very happy that our people have voted so strongly in favor of a brighter economic future for our Haisla community,” Chief Councillor Dolores Pollard is quoited as saying, “ We expect to formally sign the lease within the next week and we look forward to the go-ahead for the project from the proponents.”
The agreement approved by the Haisla people involves a 49 year lease of Bees IR #6, which will be used for the construction and operation of the proposed $3 billion Kitimat LNG terminal. In return the Haisla will receive annual lease payments and property taxes.
Just a thought
Comment by J.Trousil on 6th December 2010
How can a group of people who are so dead set against an oil pipeline be so overwhelmingly in favour of this LNG line? Could it be the $8 million plus this group will be recieving every year in lease payments and taxes? Just a thought.