The company planning to build a 900km natural gas pipeline across northern BC has signed a benefit agreement with the Kitselas First Nation.
TransCanada announced the deal, when signed, will provide financial and other benefits related to the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project.
Project president Dean Patry says the agreement is an important milestone and reflects his firm’s commitment to engage with First Nations.
Kitselas Chief Joe Bevan says it gives his members economic benefits and employment training and also ensures environmental concerns have been adequately addressed.
He says signing this deal is partly due to their experience with the Pacific Trails Pipeline.
He says a majority of his constituents initially opposed the deal, but opposition declined once they brought in their own expert to educate their members about the project.
TransCanada has signed similar agreements with the Nisga’a and Gitanyow First Nations.
The pipeline, which has yet to receive regulatory approval, would deliver natural gas from near Hudson’s Hope in northeastern BC to the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG facility at Lelu Island, off the coast near Prince Rupert.