Province Intends to Regulate "No Oil" in Pacific Trail Pipeline - Chevron-Apache Support

Province Intends to Regulate "No Oil" in Pacific Trail Pipeline - 
Chevron-Apache Support 
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 
Chief Hagwilnegh. 
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 
the Project. 
"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), 
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