Two more First Nations sign agreements over Prince Rupert pipeline

The Takla Lake First Nation and the McLeod Lake Indian Band have signed project agreements with TransCanada over the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) project, the company announced this week.

Specifics of the agreements weren't released, but they include employment and contract opportunities, along with initial and annual payments to the two groups over the life of the pipeline.

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"This agreement ensures our values will be respected and our Nation will benefit from this project,” Takla Lake Chief John French said in a statement.

TransCanada says the latest signings bring the total number of project agreements signed on the pipeline to 11.

Other First Nations who have signed on to the project include Doig River, Halfway River and Blueberry River First Nations in Northeast B.C., along with the Yekooche , Gitanyow, Kitselas, Lake Babine, Metlakatla and Nisga'a Lisims nations along the rest of the pipeline's proposed route.

“These agreements are signed after a meaningful exchange of information and ideas that not only benefit First Nations communities, but also make PRGT a stronger project,” PRGT President Tony Palmer said in a statement.

The pipeline will carry gas 900 kilometres from the Hudson's Hope area to Petronas's proposed Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas export facility on Lelu Island.

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