VANCOUVER - The federal government has cleared the way for a liquefied natural gas export plant on the B.C. coast.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister John Duncan says new regulations will allow the Kitimat LNG plant to be built on the Haisla First Nation’s Bees Indian Reserve.
The federal and B.C. governments and Haisla Nation have also signed a deal that ensures provincial officials will have regulatory oversight for the plant.
Duncan says the plant will create jobs and give Canadian energy producers access to overseas markets, while Haisla Chief Councillor Ellis Ross says the project offers new economic opportunities his people are eager to embrace.
The plant, backed by Apache Canada Ltd. and Chevron Canada Ltd., has a license to export 10 million tons of LNG per year once it's operating.
The Kitimat LNG plant is one of three proposed LNG export facilities at Kitimat, which would be fed by gas pipelines from northeast B.C. for export to Asian and other markets.