The KM LNG (also known as Kitimat LNG) hearings for an export licence will resume before a National Energy Board panel in Calgary on Wednesday July 13, and run to Friday, July 15, the NEB has announced on its website.
This phase of the hearing will consider “the potential environmental effects of the proposed exportation and any social effects that would be directly related to those environmental effects, including any such effects to aboriginal interests”, and “consultation with the public and aboriginal peoples.”
But it appears that the NEB is using its procedures to block consultation with some “aboriginal peoples,” the Coast First Nations. In a letter on its website, the NEB says that an early June submission from Art Sterritt,the Executive Director of the Coast First Nations came too late, since the deadline for submissions was April 26. That means the First Nations group must present a motion before the board panel asking to be heard.