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AltaGas, Halfway River First Nation sign relationship agreement

AltaGas and Halfway River First Nation (HRFN) have signed a comprehensive relationship agreement.
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Halfway River First Nation Chief Darlene Hunter and AltaGas President and CEO David Harris shake hands after signing a ten-year Comprehensive Relationship Agreement in Calgary. The agreement provides the framework for consultation, financial benefits, community investment, employment opportunities, and support for a wildlife study in HRFN's traditional territory.

AltaGas and Halfway River First Nation (HRFN) have signed a comprehensive relationship agreement.

The 10-year agreement provides the framework for consultation, financial benefits, community investment, employment opportunities, and support for a wildlife study in HRFN's traditional territory.

"This agreement supports (AltaGas's) three guiding principles for developing energy infrastructure: respect the land, share the benefits, and nurture long-term relationships," said David Harris, president and chief executive officer of AltaGas. 

"We look forward to continuing to build a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with HRFN that recognizes and respects their values and traditions."

AltaGas is constructing its $35-million Townsend facility near Wonowon on Halfway River territory. When completed, the facility will include a 198 million cubic feet per day shallow-cut natural gas processing facility, a gathering pipeline, sales pipeline, two liquids egress pipelines, and a truck terminal on the Alaska Highway.

The Townsend facility is a key component of AltaGas's Northeast British Columbia energy strategy. The project has provided members of HRFN with employment opportunities during construction and will continue do so once operational.

"We are pleased to sign this relationship agreement with AltaGas," said Halfway River Chief Darlene Hunter. 

"By working together with AltaGas, we have developed an agreement that will benefit our community for many years to come."

-- Daily Oil Bulletin