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Pacific NorthWest LNG Project — Historic agreement with First Nations strengthens environmental protection

The Pacific NorthWest LNG Project is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Lelu Island within the District of Port Edward, British Columbia. The project received environmental assessment approval from the Government of Canada on September 27, 2016, and by British Columbia in 2014.

In addition to the strong environmental protections required through regulatory conditions, the Environmental Monitoring Agreement is an additional opportunity for the federal and provincial governments to work with First Nations to protect the environment while supporting the development of the liquefied natural gas industry, specifically the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project.

The Environmental Monitoring Committee will consist of one senior representative each from the Lax Kw'alaams Band and Metlakatla First Nation, and one senior representative each from the Governments of British Columbia and Canada.

It will be co-chaired through a rotating Chair function. A federal secretariat will be established.

The purpose of the committee will be to ensure that oversight of environmental and compliance monitoring, management plans and follow-up program requirements is undertaken in a coordinated and collaborative manner.

Media Relations:

Caitlin Workman
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
819-938-9436

Nicolas Latourelle
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
613-960-1519
Nicolas.Latourelle@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Linda Simon
Administrator
Lax Kw'alaams Band
250-625-3293 ext. 226

Edward Hill
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
250-356-5831
Edward.Hill@gov.bc.ca

Shaun Thomas
Communications Manager
Metlakatla First Nation
778-629-1004
sthomas@metlakatla.ca

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