The mood at Transcanada’s offices was upbeat as a special ceremony took place to mark the signing of an agreement between the Nadleh First Nations and TransCanada for the Coastal GasLink pipeline project.
“When we first started this project, we knew that community support would be key,” says the President of Coastal GasLink, Rick Gateman.
Chief of the Nadlehi First Nation, Martin Louie took time during the ceremony to talk about the significance of agreements like this one; gone are the days when big corporations conducted their business without any consideration for those who live there.
“Because of the court cases. I really hate to talk about the court cases, but we either go road blocks or court. But I’d rather negotiate and try to move peacefully ahead.”
He says, unlike some resource companies, TransCanada listened to the concerns and wishes of the Nadleh and that’s what got the parties to this point.
Coastal GasLink will be a 670-kilometre pipeline between Dawson Creek and LNG Canada’s terminal in Kitimat. LNG Canada recently announced plans to put that project on hold, but TransCanada is still confident. Construction of the pipeline is expected to begin next year, depending on final investment decision by LNG Canada.