Metlakatla First Nation has signed two pipeline benefits agreements with the provincial government that will provide direct benefits to the community as a result of B.C.’s developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.
“It is important that we have a voice in developing industries in our territory. This kind of benefits agreements gives us that voice and offers us the opportunity to move forward in partnership with government and with business in a way that benefits everyone,” Harold Leighton, Chief Councillor, Metlakatla First Nation, said.
The agreements relate to TransCanada’s proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline and Spectra’s proposed Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline.
“Congratulations to Chief Councillor Leighton and all members of the Metlakatla First Nation for reaching this agreement. They are so often at the forefront of new projects and I applaud their vision and their drive to bring new opportunities to their community,” John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
Metlakatla First Nation has received an initial payment of $430,000 related to the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission line, and would receive two separate payments of just over $1 million as construction starts and when the natural gas line goes into service. As part of the agreement related to the Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission project, the First Nation has received an initial payment of $390,000, and would receive $975,000 as construction starts and an equal amount as the line goes into service. First Nations along each natural gas pipeline route will also share $10 million a year in ongoing benefits.