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Metlakatla signs gas pipeline agreement

The Metlakatla First Nation has signed an agreement related to a natural gas pipeline that will service a controversial North Coast LNG project.

The specific terms of the Project Agreement are confidential, but TransCanada Corporation says it will provide the Metlakatla access to employment, training, and payments for the life of the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project.

The proposed 900 km pipeline would feed the Pacific NorthWest LNG facility to be based at Lelu Island.

The neighbouring Lax Kw’alaams Band is opposed to using Lelu Island as the site of the LNG facility and recently initiated an aboriginal title claim to the island.

In a news release, Metlakatla Chief Harold Leighton says both the pipeline and the Petronas-backed LNG facility will benefit his members for years to come.

Leighton says he’s also confident TransCanada will work to ensure that Lelu Island and the Metlakatla way of life will not be negatively affected by the project.

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