B.C. government flips on environment rules

Global News

FORT NELSON, B.C. – British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak has done a complete turn around on a decision that would have exempted most of the natural gas produced in the province from mandatory environmental assessment.

After quietly passing an order in council Monday without public debate that would have removed about 99 per cent of the natural gas produced in the province from automatic environmental reviews, the government reversed the decision late Wednesday.

The announcement came on the same day a group of B.C. officials were kicked out of a First Nations forum on liquefied natural gas.

Polak has now apologized for the decision, saying the government failed to discuss the amendment with First Nations, prior to approval.

“Our government is committed to a strong, respectful and productive relationship with First Nations,” she said in a statement. “That is why we will rescind the amendment that would have removed…

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