Early work for the pipeline serving the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal could start as early as this fall if the proposal gets the green light.
The Nisga’a Nation received a project update from the vice president of TransCanada’s Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project Tuesday.
John Dunn told the Nisga’a Special Assembly that line clearing could start in summer, 2017 with jobs and associated opportunities providing benefits to the Nisga’a for 4-5 years.
But Dunn faced some pointed questions about training and employment from Nisga’a citizens like Darlene Morgan who told him that the last major project that came through Nisga’a territory left a legacy of five Britco trailers.
Morgan says her biggest dream connected to the pipeline is to have sustainable employment for Nisga’a people.
John Dunn says the benefit agreement between the Nisga’a and TransCanada is unique and look forward over the next 50 years.
Dunn says TransCanada is optimistic it will have a decision on the project by the fall.
For now, he says contractors are continuing to perform geotechnical work for the pipeline which would carry gas across nearly 100 kilometres of Nisga’a territory on its route to Prince Rupert.