Jan 28, 2012 – 7:01 AM ET | Last Updated: Jan 27, 2012 2:03 PM ET
An artist's rendering of the proposed Kitimat Apache Canada's LNG facility.
KITIMAT, B.C. — In a climate of growing hostility toward energy industry development across North America, Timothy Wall, president of the Canadian unit of Houston-based Apache Corp., took the road less travelled to the heart of Kitimat.
He flew multiple times to the 9,000-resident town on the northern British Columbia coast to ensure support for his liquefied natural gas plans.
He unleashed a team to explain the challenges and the benefits.
He won over the local aboriginals, the Haisla Nation, by meeting with them, acknowledging their rights, making them his landlords.