Oil could be transported by Pacific Trails Pipeline if approved by FNLP members

Members of Unis'tot'en camp, November 2012.

Members of Unis’tot’en camp, November 2012.

West Coast Native News, August 19th, 2014

Moricetown Indian Band Chief and Council and members of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have secured commitments from officials of the Province of British Columbia, Chevron Canada Limited, Apache Canada Ltd., and the First Nations Group Limited Partnership (FNLP) that no oil will be transported in the proposed natural gas Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP) Project owned by Chevron and Apache unless unanimously supported by the FNLP members.

The commitments were made during negotiations underway regarding Moricetown Indian Band’s possible entry into the FNLP. The FNLP is a partnership of 15 First Nations dedicated to assuring that First Nations along the proposed route of the PTP benefit substantially from the Project, and that the Project only proceeds in a responsible manner that fully protects the interests of all parties and the environment.

“Before Moricetown considers joining the FNLP, we must be assured no oil will be carried in the Pacific Trail Pipeline,” said Barry Nikal, Chief Councillor, Moricetown Indian Band. “With the Province’s promise to establish regulation to prevent this from happening, we are prepared to continue to discuss the possibility of joining the FNLP.”

Members of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs were invited to observe the ongoing discussions between the Moricetown Band and PTP parties.

“Members of the Hereditary Chiefs are here to make sure the land and water is protected, our people’s voices are heard, and that no oil pipeline will come through Wet’suwet’en territory,” said Ron Mitchell, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Hagwilnegh.

To ensure the “no oil” commitment is upheld, the Province intends to establish a regulation preventing natural gas pipelines for LNG projects from being converted to oil or crude bitumen pipelines. The details of the regulation will be developed this fall through ongoing consultation with Moricetown Indian Band and the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Leadership.

“The Province has given written assurance that we intend to prohibit oil from being transported in natural gas pipelines used for LNG projects,” said Rich Coleman, B.C. Minister of Natural Gas Development and Deputy Premier.

Chevron Canada and Apache Canada are in agreement. “The Pacific Trail Pipeline is designed specifically to transport natural gas to the Kitimat LNG facility at Bish Cove. As the pipeline operator, Chevron has listened to the concerns of the Moricetown Indian Band and the Wet’suwet’en people, and are pleased to work towards the mutual goal of building a pipeline that above all protects people and the environment,” said Jeff Lehrmann, President, Chevron Canada Limited.

The Chevron-Apache commitment strengthens the “no conversion to oil” clause in the FNLP Agreement by including an amendment to further stipulate that no oil will ever be transported by the PTP unless approved and unanimously supported by the FNLP members. This commitment would be binding on any future owners of the Project.

SOURCE Moricetown Indian Band

Posted on August 19, 2014, in Oil & Gas and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. The obvious implication of this statement is that the Pacific Trails Pipeline could be converted to transport crude oil from the Tar Sands in Alberta should the Indian Act band councils who are collaborating with the FNLP and Chevron decide to do so.

    • The LNG pipelines won’t ever be converted. A Secure pipeline would be built, if there’s unanamous agreement of the FNLP.

      • LNG pipelines are indeed converted and to carry crude oil, as I believe is the case with the Energy East pipeline. As for a “secure pipeline” recent history has shown there is no such thing, and even officials from the oil industry have stated there is no such thing as a 100 percent secure pipeline.

  2. This is really good news. A peaceful solution, with a pipeline that above all protects people and the environment.

    • If the PTP were to be built, and later converted to carry crude oil from the Tar Sands, the same dangers that are opposed in regards to the Enbridge pipeline would exist. The PTP, just like the proposed Enbridge line, would cross over hundreds of streams and rivers before reaching the coast, where it would then be transported on super tankers. How would this protect the people or environment?

  3. cynthiajoanmorrison

    This is not fair to environmentalists that know the science of the matter

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