[quote=“bthedog”]So let me get this straight…Lax Kw’alaams first nation are supporting an oil pipeline that will bring Alberta crude oil to Grassy Point near Port Simpson,…yet they are against an LNG pipeline and shipping from Lelu Island, when there is SOLID science behind PNW proposal that would not harm salmon in anyway.
What exactly is going on here? Are they just being massive hypocrites? Is anyone really taking anything this band is doing/saying seriously?
No disrespect, but I don’t think that you have it straight. This discussion appears to be proceeding from flawed premises.
Lax Kw’alaams has an elected mayor and council that has a long history of negotiating with government and the private sector, sometimes takes issues to court and is generally quite forthright about their positions. What I read in the Black Press article, though, are statements of support not from the mayor and council but from various individuals who have chosen to speak in tribal or personal capacities.
So, for instance, Helen Johnson identifies herself on this issue as a “Matriarch”, although she is an elected council member and Deputy Mayor no less < laxkwalaams.ca/elected-council/ >. If she was speaking as Deputy Mayor (for instance if Mayor Reece was unavailable) that would have to be taken as very seriously. Her comments as a “Matriarch” are far less persuasive. All I conclude is that she and some others like the idea of shipping oil from the coast.
According to the article, Eagle Spirit has asked for approval of an “exclusivity and benefits agreement” with the community.
Exclusivity agreements typically come at a cost; they’re not handed out for free. For instance, Watco paid $2 million for an exclusivity agreement with the City (now the subject of a court case) and Watson Island LNG paid $500,000 for a much shorter exclusivity agreement that apparently expired in December without a final agreement being reached.
Whatever is on offer has not been compelling enough for the mayor and council to issue a media release saying that they accept and look forward to receiving their first payment from Eagle Spirit.
Those in Lax Kw’alaams who like the idea of oil pipelines and tankers on the north coast should be crossing their fingers hoping that the Harper government is re-elected with a majority, considering that both the Trudeau Liberals and the NDP are on record as opposed to that happening.
Overall, the Eagle Spirit proposal strikes me as being about promotion more than anything else: present an idea, put some of the pieces in place, including by seeking community support, then try to sell the idea to bigger players with very deep pockets who are actually in the production side of the business and have all of the technical wherewithal that goes with that. Eagle Spirit in contrast is by all appearances an “energy” company in name only.