The planned expansion would allow bitumen to be transported from Alberta to the B.C. coast, where it can be shipped to international markets, but the project has been the subject of environmental and safety concerns.
Khelsilem said the jurisdiction of the Squamish Nation was not respected throughout the process.
“Any project that’s coming through our territory, depending on the scale and scope, needs to be fully assessed by our own nation,” he said.
Ownership could provide revenue, says leader
The proposal to buy the pipeline is being discussed in Calgary, at a conference organized by the Indian Resource Council of Canada. It represents more than 130 First Nations with oil and natural gas resources on their land.
Stephen Buffalo, president and CEO of the organization, said that ownership would provide revenue for those First Nations, but also address environmental concerns.
“If we have First Nation ownership, it’s our people who are going to be doing the monitoring,” he told Tremonti.
“The pipeline regulations in Canada are already world class — it’s our job to continue to build that capacity.”
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