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Canadian eco groups file lawsuits to block $27bn Petronas LNG project

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Canadian aboriginal and environmental groups have filed lawsuits against the country’s government to withdraw the approval for a $27bn liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to be developed by Malaysia's Petronas.

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The group claims that the project will have a negative impact on the environment and wipe out salmon habitat.

The project, which is proposed to come up in British Columbia, received approval from the government of Canada in September.

Gitwilgyoots Tribe chief Yahaan (Donnie Wesley) said: “Once again, we are forced to ask courts to do what our politicians seem unable to do – to honor Canada’s obligations to its Indigenous communities, and to protect our environment from catastrophic harm.”

Canada approved the project with 190 conditions, even as many raised concerns that it would lead to destruction of salmon habitat and release of large amounts of green houses gases.

The group said that lawsuits are aimed at stopping construction of a “dangerous and ill­conceived” LNG project at the mouth of the Skeena River.

Gitanyow aboriginal community chief negotiator Glen Williams said: “Despite repeated requests, the federal government has failed to properly consult with our people.”

The Canadian government said it will stand by the decision which was made after a three-year evaluation , Reuters reported.

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