BC Premier Christy Clark confronted by Aboriginal leaders torn over LNG plans

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Treaty 8 Chiefs had a hard time delivering a scathing letter to the Premier at a Vancouver LNG summit.

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

>The northeast First Nations have lived with oil and gas for 60 years, and understand the economic opportunities that could flow LNG.  But they also worry just how much more the region can take.  

Site C Dam and LNG together would cause massive disruption of the land, air and water.  Their polling shows 50% of their members are uncertain about LNG in particular, and 20% are vehemently opposed. 

Many fear an Alberta-Tar-Sands-scale industrialization coming to their territories.

“That’s what we’re afraid of.  If LNG goes through, they’re predicting upwards of 50,000 to 60,000 new frack wells… and all the associated infrastructure that goes with it: roads, pipelines, seismic, drilling.  It’s scary,” said Tribal Chief Logan.

“We’re not opposed to creating a good economy for everybody, but there has to be some type of sustainable development.  We can’t drink the water up there any more.”

“There’s more and more moose, rabbit and beaver organs that we’re finding that have [puss-like] abscesses on them.  Sometimes we open an animal and it smells almost rotten.”<

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