Province Intends to Regulate "No Oil" in Pacific Trail Pipeline -
MORICETOWN, BC, Aug. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Moricetown Indian Band Chief and Council
and members of the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs have secured commitments
from officials of the Province of British Columbia, Chevron Canada Limited,
Apache Canada Ltd., and the First Nations Group Limited Partnership (FNLP)
that no oil will be transported in the proposed natural gas Pacific Trail
Pipeline (PTP) Project owned by Chevron and Apache.
The commitments were made during negotiations underway regarding Moricetown
Indian Band's possible entry into the FNLP. The FNLP is a partnership of 15
First Nations dedicated to assuring that First Nations along the proposed
route of the PTP benefit substantially from the Project, and that the Project
only proceeds in a responsible manner that fully protects the interests of all
parties and the environment.
"Before Moricetown considers joining the FNLP, we must be assured no oil will
be carried in the Pacific Trail Pipeline," said Barry Nikal, Chief Councillor,
Moricetown Indian Band. "With the Province's promise to establish regulation
to prevent this from happening, we are prepared to continue to discuss the
possibility of joining the FNLP."
Members of the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs were invited to observe the
ongoing discussions between the Moricetown Band and PTP parties.
"Members of the Hereditary Chiefs are here to make sure the land and water is
protected, our people's voices are heard, and that no oil pipeline will come
through Wet'suwet'en territory," said Ron Mitchell, Wet'suwet'en Hereditary
To ensure the "no oil" commitment is upheld, the Province intends to establish
a regulation preventing natural gas pipelines for LNG projects from being
converted to oil or crude bitumen pipelines. The details of the regulation
will be developed this fall through ongoing consultation with Moricetown
Indian Band and the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Leadership.
"The Province has given written assurance that we intend to prohibit oil from
being transported in natural gas pipelines used for LNG projects," said Rich
Coleman, B.C. Minister of Natural Gas Development and Deputy Premier.
Chevron Canada and Apache Canada are in agreement. "The Pacific Trail Pipeline
is designed specifically to transport natural gas to the Kitimat LNG facility
at Bish Cove. As the pipeline operator, Chevron has listened to the concerns
of the Moricetown Indian Band and the Wet'suwet'en people, and are pleased to
work towards the mutual goal of building a pipeline that above all protects
people and the environment," said Jeff Lehrmann, President, Chevron Canada
The Chevron-Apache commitment strengthens the "no conversion to oil" clause in
the FNLP Agreement by including an amendment to further stipulate that no oil
will ever be transported by the PTP unless approved and unanimously supported
by the FNLP members. This commitment would be binding on any future owners of
"We are pleased the Province intends to uphold the 'no oil' requirement in
both regulation and an agreement, and that negotiations will continue towards
Moricetown Indian Band's entry into the FNLP," said Bob Rae, Chairman of the
"Through the FNLP, Moricetown will realize significant commercial and economic
benefits to move beyond federal Indian Act dependency," said Chief Nikal. "As
the needs of the community grow and federal government funding shrinks, the
need to build a sustainable economy to achieve self-determination increases.
"At the same time, our environmental and cultural concerns remain a top
priority," said Chief Nikal. "Standing with Hereditary Chiefs, we will ensure
that respect for the land, vitality of traditional cultural values, protection
of rights and title, economic self-determination, and a sustainable future for
our people are upheld to the highest Wet'suwet'en standards."
SOURCE Moricetown Indian Band
Trevor Jang, Communications Coordinator, Moricetown Band, 250-847-2133
(Office), 250-631-7873 (Cell), email@example.com
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