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Petronas $8.5 Billion Canada Gas Plan Buoyed by Aboriginal Vote

  • Band backs talks amid speculation about a shift in location
  • Local leaders to meet with project, government officials
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Petroliam Nasional Bhd.’s proposed C$11 billion ($8.5 billion) liquefied natural gas export plant in Canada is getting a boost as an aboriginal community signals openness to the project amid speculation that the location may be changed.

The Lax Kw’alaams Band, which opposes the current venue in British Columbia, is optimistic that it will be moved, said Mayor John Helin, whose community members endorsed talks on compensation for impacts on their traditional lands. The group is set to meet in the coming days with officials from the Pacific NorthWest LNG project and provincial and federal governments.