Haisla Nation Council has formally opposed two proposed oil refinery projects within Haisla Nation territory.

The Council has a number of serious concerns relating to both Kitimat Clean and Pacific Future Energy and could not foresee a resolution to those concerns as the projects are currently presented.

“As both projects currently stand, Haisla Nation Council does not support either of the proposals,” said Acting Chief Councillor Crystal Smith. “This is not only about the as yet unanswered concerns over the environment, but also about the companies’ approach to consulting Haisla Nation regarding our interests.”

Haisla Nation Council also remains unconvinced as to the ability of these developers to safely and effectively undertake projects of this magnitude.

“If we feel significant changes have been made to the proponents’ approach in the future we will certainly be open for further discussion on these projects,” added Smith. “We hold any proposed project in our territory to very high standards and our approach is always to evaluate projects based on both their environmental impacts and their ability to provide positive benefits to our people and to the region.”

Haisla Nation Council continues to believe that smart, sustainable economic development can lead to positive outcomes and we remain open to effectively working with any proponent to create long-lasting and sustainable projects.