TransCanada’s Prince Rupert LNG project got a boost today with the announcement of an agreement with a pair of northern BC First Nations. Project agreements have been signed with the Takla First Nation and the McLeod Lake Indian Band.
TransCanada says the deals outline benefits, committments and employment opportunities for community members during the construction period as well as immediate and long term financial benefits.
Tony Palmer, the president of the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project says, “successful engagement with First Nations is a key marker of success for this project.” TransCanada says 11 First Nations have now signed agreements to support the five billion dollar project.
“This agreement ensures our values will be respected and our Nation will benefit from this project,” said Chief John French of the Takla First Nation.
TransCanada has already signed agreements with Doig River, Halfway River and Yekooche First Nations, Gitanyow First Nation, Kitselas First Nation, Lake Babine Nation, Metlakatla First Nation, Blueberry River First Nation and Nisga’a Lisims Government along the pipeline route.
The proposed project includes the construction and operation of a 900 kilometre natural gas pipeline to deliver natural gas from the Hudson’s Hope area to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG facility near Prince Rupert. The pipeline and plant still require regulatory and commercial approvals.