TransCanada announced May 26 that it has received 13 signed project agreements with First Nations for its Coastal GasLink pipeline project and is in dialogue with another eight First Nations lining the proposed pipeline route. These agreements, most recently signed by Kitselas First Nation and McLeod Lake Indian Band, outline the benefits and commitments that will be provided to the First Nations communities during the construction of the pipeline as well as throughout the pipeline’s operation.
The relationship between TransCanada and the Aboriginal communities benefits both groups: The First Nations do not have to choose between economics, culture, environment, and their traditional use of the land. In addition, TransCanada has gained the First Nations’ support to move forward with the Coastal GasLink pipeline project, respecting the environment and traditions while also providing benefits to the community.
Coastal GasLink is planned to build and operate a 670km natural gas pipeline that will run from the Groundbirch area near Dawson Creek, B.C. to the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat, B.C.