The Burns Lake Wet’suwet’en First Nation has signed an agreement with the province for the proposed Coastal Gaslink project.
The proposed TransCanada pipeline would deliver natural gas from northeast B.C. to the west coast for export markets.
The benefit agreement will see the province give the first nation about $2.8 million dollars at three different stages of the project, if the pipeline moves ahead.
The Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, John Rustad says it is exciting to be able to partner with First Nations like the Wet’suwet’en so they can share in the benefits of a new LNG export industry.
“Pipeline benefits agreements are just one vehicle driving our participation in LNG development. While these agreements ensure First Nation communities share in the economic benefits of LNG, we are working collaboratively with the Province and other First Nations to ensure environmental priorities are addressed as well,” says Chief Karen Ogen, Wet’suwet’en First Nation.
The 4 point 7 billion dollar project has been given an environmental assessment certificate but with 32 conditions attached.