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First Nation inks pipeline deal with TransCanada

TransCanada Corporation has announced an agreement with a Treaty 8 First Nation on a proposed natural gas pipeline.

The deal with the Blueberry River First Nations outlines financial and other benefits related to the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project.

The 900 kilometre pipeline would provide natural gas from the Hudson’s Hope area to the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility at Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.

In a news release, Chief Marvin Yahey says the pipeline will benefit the Blueberry River First Nations today and for future generations.

The specific terms of the deal have not been made public, but the agreement includes access to employment and contracts as well as financial compensation initially and throughout the life of the project.
TransCanada has inked project agreements with eight other First Nations groups along the pipeline.
The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project received its final regulatory approval this week, but the pipeline is still facing hurdles from some First Nations, including a court challenge from a Gitxsan House group.

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