It’s the final day of a hearing in B.C. Supreme Court where a B.C. First Nation is taking on the Minister of Natural Gas Development over a landmark LNG deal in northeastern B.C.
The Blueberry River First Nations filed a court petition seeking to quash a long term royalty agreement between Progress Energy, a company controlled by Petronas, and the provincial government to extract liquefied natural gas in northeast BC.
Lawyer for the petitioner Maegen Giltrow says it incentivises oil and gas development in traditional territory.
“The agreement incentivises production in that area. Why that matters to Blueberry is that area happens to lie right in the core of their traditional territory. In negotiating this favourable regime which will incent development in that area, the Crown just simply didn’t consult at all with Blueberry.”
A lawyer representing the province says the royalty regime does not directly impact treaty rights.