TransCanada Corporation today announced that its Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project (PRGT) has signed a project agreement (PA) with Lax Kw’alaams Band. The PA outlines economic and employment benefits as well as other commitments that will be provided for as long as the project is in service. The announcement of PRGT’s agreement with Lax Kw’alaams comes in conjunction with agreements between Lax Kw’alaams, the Metlakatla and the Province of British Columbia and Pacific NorthWest LNG.
PRGT and the Metlakatla First Nation signed a PA in September 2015.
“This is a significant milestone for PRGT, Lax Kw’alaams, Metlakatla, Pacific NorthWest LNG and the Province of British Columbia. We’re very happy to be a part of this agreement,” said Tony Palmer, president of PRGT. “These agreements are the product of strong engagement practices and years of collaboration.”
PRGT has now announced 14 project agreements executed with First Nations in B.C. They include: Blueberry River First Nations, Doig River, Gitanyow, Gitxsan, Halfway River, Kitselas First Nation, Lake Babine Nation, McLeod Lake Indian Band, Metlakatla First Nation, Nisga’a Lisims Government, Takla Lake First Nation, Tl’azt’en Nation and Yekooche First Nation.
The $5 billion PRGT project will provide significant economic benefits for British Columbians, local and provincial governments, and Indigenous communities as it supports the export of surplus natural gas to global markets, including:
- Thousands of short-term jobs for B.C. residents;
- Opportunities for local and Aboriginal businesses;
- Millions of dollars in annual taxes to help support local services such as schools, policing, fire protection, and waste management;
- Billions of dollars in new investments for the province.