Haisla part ways with Coastal First Nations over liquefied natural gas plants

KITIMAT, B.C. – The Haisla (HIGHS’-lah) First Nation has parted ways with an aboriginal advocacy group over its opposition to some of the liquefied natural gas plants to be built in Kitimat.

The Haisla say their interests no longer align with Coastal First Nations, a coalition of about a dozen bands from the north and central coast of B.C.

Haisla Chief Councillor Ellis Ross says the split follows the coalition’s comments about potential emissions from several LNG projects in which the Haisla have partnered with private companies.

Ross says the decision in no way changes his band’s opposition to the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

Art Sterritt of Coastal First Nations says the departure of the Haisla is “disappointing.”

But Sterritt says some member nations are concerned about the use of gas-powered technologies at the plants, and the potential for air pollution along the coast.