The Metlakatla First Nation has signed two LNG-related pipeline benefit deals with the BC government.
The agreements involve TransCanada’s proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline and Spectra Energy’s proposed Westcoast Connector project.
The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project would service the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG project at Lelu Island near Prince Rupert while the WestCoast Connector would supply gas to the BG Group’s proposed Prince Rupert LNG project at Ridley Island.
Under the TransCanada agreement, the Metlakatla has received $430,000 and will be in line for two separate payments of just over $1 million as construction on the pipeline starts and as the line goes into service.
The First Nation has received an initial $390,000 under the Spectra deal and stands to receive $970,000 when construction starts and an equal payment when the pipeline enters service.
The province says First Nations along each of the pipeline routes will share $10 million a year in benefits.
Chief Councillor Harold Leighton says the agreements give the Metlakatla a voice in developing industries located within its territory.