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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  Limited.  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  FNLP.  "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), trevor.jang@gmail.com  Image with caption: "Moricetown Indian Band (CNW Group/Moricetown Indian  Band)".  Image available at:   http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140813_C1254_PHOTO_EN_4820.jpg  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/August2014/13/c1254.html  CO: Moricetown Indian Band ST: British Columbia 
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