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Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline gets oil and gas commission approval

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline gets oil and gas commission approval

TransCanada Corp. says it has received final regulatory approval for a natural gas pipeline that will connect northeastern British Columbia’s natural gas fields to the west coast.

The company says the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission has issued 11 pipeline and facility permits that clear regulatory hurdles for construction to start on the $5-billion pipeline.

The 900 kilometre pipeline approval includes 70 conditions related to First Nations, the environment, conservation, engineering and reporting.

Davis Sheremata is with TransCanada, and he says working with Aboriginal groups is a key objective for the corporation.

Not all First Nations groups are on-board though.

The House of Luutkudziiwus, which is part of the Gitxsan Nation, has been vocal in its opposition to the pipeline, which would cross part of the their traditional territory.

Richard Wright, the house spokesperson says Aboriginal consultation hasn’t been substantial.

Wright says they’ll be filing a judicial review of regulatory permits issued to the pipeline in the next few weeks, and says the next step will be injunctions if necessary.

The pipeline will run from Hudson’s Hope to Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, connecting the province’s Montney natural gas fields to the planned Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas facility.

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