PORT ALBERNI, BC (November 29, 2014) – Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG are pleased to announce that they will continue to explore the proposed development of a US$30 billion LNG Project at Sarita Bay on Vancouver Island. This follows Huu-ay-aht citizens voting in favour of doing so today at the Nation’s People’s Assembly in Port Alberni. The proposed Project, which includes a 24‐mtpa (million tonnes per annum) land‐based facility is one of the largest proposed LNG projects in British Columbia.

The People’s Assembly vote approves the lease of Huu-ay-aht Treaty Settlement Lands to the proposed Project and the carrying out of comprehensive environmental, traditional-use and technical studies in advance of a final investment decision expected in 2018. The vote comes after months of intensive community engagement with Huu-ay-aht citizens, which saw Huu-ay-aht government and staff members, Steelhead CEO Nigel Kuzemko and Steelhead LNG engineers and staff members meet regularly with Huu-ay-aht elders and citizens in Anacla, Port Alberni, Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. The work to address Huu-ay-aht citizen questions and concerns included community engagement sessions, home visits, visits for Steelhead LNG staff to key Huu-ay-aht cultural sites, as well as a tour of hydraulic fracturing operations in Alberta by Huu-ay-aht citizens. Continue reading

ALBERNI VALLEY TIMES – Huu-ay-aht line up training for members

Eric Plummer Alberni Valley Times
November 27, 2014 12:00 AM

North Island College prepares opportunities for LNG plant

The future of an LNG plant in Sarita Bay is uncertain as Huuay-aht citizens prepare to vote on making their land available for the project, but the First Nation’s government is already preparing its members for work opportunities on the massive development.

An arrangement is in the works with North Island College to bring Huu-ay-aht members courses at the Port Alberni campus specific to the liquefied natural gas plant.

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ALBERNI VALLEY TIMES – Future of gas plant hinges on FN vote

Eric Plummer / Alberni Valley Times
November 25, 2014 12:00 AM

The future of what could be the largest industrial development in the area falls in the hands of a few hundred people when members of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations vote on a proposed LNG plant this Saturday.

Approximately 400 Huu-ay-aht citizens are eligible to approve or deny the liquified natural gas project at the Best Western Barclay Hotel on Saturday, said Chief Councillor Jeff Cook. Nearly half of those live in the Alberni Valley.

Other members reside in Anacla and Bamfield near the proposed site of the LNG plant in Sarita Bay, located 70 kilometres southwest of Port Alberni.

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GLOBE AND MAIL – Time to seize a prosperous future fuelled by natural gas

Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Nov. 02 2014, 4:53 PM EST
Last updated Sunday, Nov. 02 2014, 4:53 PM EST

Which fossil fuel is the largest generator of greenhouse-gas emissions and toxic smog? If you answered coal, you’re right. Coal produces half of all global carbon-dioxide emissions and almost all toxic smog.

China burns almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined. Between 2005 and 2013, new coal-fired power plants in China added one and one half times the entire consumption of the second-place coal consumer, the United States. Economists predict that by 2040, China’s power-generation needs will be 50 per cent larger than today. That would drive energy-related global greenhouse-gas emissions from coal to more than 60 per cent, negating most, if not all, of the reduction efforts of other countries. But there’s a much more urgent problem facing residents of Chinese and other coal-dependent cities across the developing world. Burning coal emits smog-producing nitrogen and sulphur oxides that, together with lung-clogging particulates, are knocking decades off of peoples’ lives.

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