It says the First Nation claims the site on the west side of Douglas Channel is better suited to the Haisla LNG plans than it is to the Enbridge marine terminal, where diluted Alberta oil sands bitumen carried by the pipeline would be loaded onto overseas tankers.
The First Nation, which has its traditional home on the east end of the channel claims rights and title, as well as political and corporate interests attached to the land for the proposed terminal.
However, the Globe says the company claims to have the appropriate “map reserve designation” from the B.C. government to develop the current location.
It also says that in 2012, Enbridge worked with the province to reduce the site from about 467 hectares to just 390 and provide room for additional proposed LNG facilities.
Meantime, the First Nation has methodically assembled coastal properties on the rugged western shores of Douglas Channel, and maintains in the event of a dispute over the neutral map reserve, it will be able to access those other properties first.
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With files from The Globe and Mail