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West Coast Olefins comment upsets Lheidli T’enneh

A comment made by West Coast Olefins CEO Ken James on BNN Bloomberg has upset the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation.

During an interview about the company’s proposed $5 billion petrochemical plant for Prince George, James stated: “… a big part was having the local community and local First Nations very supportive this, we’re working very with them closely and we’re trying collaborative, different relationship.”

That has upset the Lheidli T’enneh, which reiterated, in a statement, that it has not endorsed the proposed development.

“Lheidli T’enneh is very concerned that comments by West Coast Olefins Ltd.’s (WCOL) chief executive officer are inaccurate in that they suggest that Lheidli T’enneh is supportive of WCOL’s proposed natural gas liquid extraction and ethylene facilities, which are planned to be located in Prince George in the heart of our territory,” the First Nation said in a statement. “Although we have had very preliminary discussions with WCOL, Lheidli T’enneh wishes to clarify that it does not support either of WCOL’s proposed projects at this time. Unfortunately, WCOL has taken steps that have harmed our relationship and raised fundamental concerns about the proposed projects.”

The statement adds the Lheidli T’enneh are committed “to continuing to build positive relationships with the Prince George community on projects and other business opportunities that will help grow our regional economy in a way that benefits everyone.”

When the project was first announced in July, Lheidli T’enneh Chief Clay Poutney said, in the West Coast Olefins press release: “Lheidli T’enneh Nation looks forward to potentially partnering with West Coast Olefins to ensure that if the project is approved it will provide significant economic benefits to Lheidli T’enneh and our members, and is designed and built in a way that is aligned with our values.”

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