The B.C. government has signed pipeline benefits agreements with 90 per cent of First Nations groups along four proposed pipeline projects in the region – Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline Project, Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project, Pacific Trail Pipeline Project and the Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project.
First Nations groups in the Burns Lake area have signed pipeline benefit agreements with the province for three of these projects.
Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline Project
Lake Babine First Nation is one of the 17 First Nations – out of 19 First Nations groups – along the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline route that have pipeline benefits agreements in place with the province.
The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline Project is a proposed 900-km natural gas pipeline to deliver natural gas from the Hudson’s Hope area to the planned Pacific NorthWest LNG facility near Prince Rupert. The pipeline will form a vital link from the gas fields of northeastern B.C. to the proposed LNG facility should development of the facility proceed.
Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project
The province has reached natural gas pipeline benefits agreements with 17 of the 20 First Nations groups along the proposed pipeline route, including Nee Tahi Buhn First Nation, Skin Tyee First Nation, Wet’suwet’en First Nation and the Burns Lake Band.
The Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project is a 670-km natural gas pipeline from the Dawson Creek area to the proposed LNG Canada facility near Kitimat.
Pacific Trail Pipeline Project
All 16 First Nations located along the proposed route – including Nee Tahi Buhn Indian Band, Skin Tyee First Nation and Wet’suwet’en First Nation – have come together to form the First Nations Limited Partnership (FNLP). The province has an agreement with the FNLP that will provide an estimated $32 million in direct benefits, during the construction phases of the project.
The Pacific Trail Pipeline Project is a proposed 480-km natural gas pipeline to deliver gas from Summit Lake, B.C. to the Kitimat LNG facility site at Bish Cove on the northwest coast.
Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project
No First Nations groups in the Burns Lake area have signed pipeline benefits agreements with the province for this pipeline. British Columbia has reached natural gas pipeline benefits agreements with 15 of 19 First Nations along the proposed route.
The Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project is a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline approximately 850-km in length to carry natural gas from production areas in northeast B.C. to BG Canada’s proposed LNG export facility on Ridley Island, near Prince Rupert.