Wet’suwet’en First Nation band council sign LNG deal with Coastal Gaslink Project. Photo from CFNR FM.
Another Burns Lake area First Nation has signed an agreement with the BC government related to a natural gas pipeline project.
The Wet’suwet’en First Nation, formerly known as the Broman Lake Band, stands to receive $2.8 million dollars from the province for the proposed Coastal GasLink project.
The pipeline would transport gas from the Dawson Creek area to the proposed LNG Canada facility near Kitimat where it would be liquefied for export to overseas markets.
The first nation will received $464,000 upon signing the agreement, $1.16 million when pipeline construction starts, and $1.16 million when the pipeline is in service.
“Pipeline benefits agreements are just one vehicle driving our participation in LNG development,” said Wet’suwet’en Chief Karen Ogen in a news release. “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.”
The province has also reached pipeline benefit agreements with the Skin Tyee First Nation and Nee Tahi Buhn Band.