First Nation community withdraws objection to Goldboro LNG

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – Sipekne'katik First Nation has withdrawn its complaint to the Nova Scotia UARB that it was not properly consulted by the Crown with regards to the planned Goldboro LNG project.

“Sipekne'katik is satisfied that any Aboriginal and Treaty rights of Sipekne'katik will not be diminished nor impinged,” says the community’s letter to the UARB dated Sept. 28, 2018.

The letter adds that the community will not take part in a hearing on the matter scheduled for Oct. 15, 2018.

Later on Sept. 28, the provincial government submitted a letter to the UARB noting the removal of the objection and a letter from Pieridae Energy asking that the board confirm the Oct. 15 hearing is no longer necessary.

“Considering these positive developments, the Province agrees with the request from the parties to remove the hearing from the docket and supports the Board moving forward with the merits of Pieridae’s Permit to Construct Application without delay.”

The permit to construct is the final approval Pieridae requires to move ahead with the $10 billion project. The company previously stated that it will likely make its final investment decision this fall.