BC Government inks LNG framework agreement with Haisla First Nation

VANCOUVER – Today, the B.C. government and the Haisla Nation announced a framework agreement that will spur the development of another natural gas export facility in the Northwest.

It’s a significant step toward government’s commitment to have three terminals and their connecting pipelines operating by 2020, creating more than 1,400 ongoing jobs and generating an estimated $600 billion in economic activity over 30 years.

The framework agreement provides the structure for a land purchase or lease that will allow the Haisla to partner with industry to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and marine export terminal on the west side of the Douglas Channel in the areas around Haisla Reserve #6.

Providing the Haisla Nation with a partnership role in the development of a terminal is also a key component of British Columbia’s commitment and efforts, outlined in the BC Jobs Plan, to work with First Nations to create jobs, increase First Nations participation in the economy and enhance effectiveness and efficiency on consultation processes for job creators.

The Haisla Nation is supportive of advancing the LNG industry in British Columbia. This agreement has the potential to fast-track a major LNG facility in the Kitimat area.

The agreement also signals a closer working relationship between the Haisla and B.C. in and around the Kitimat and Douglas Channel area. It commits both parties to start work on land-use planning for areas around the Douglas Channel, which has tremendous potential as a marine port. This certainty will allow other development projects in the area to proceed.

Quotes:

Ida Chong, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation -

“Our government is working with First Nations like the Haisla to create new jobs and opportunities throughout British Columbia. This agreement builds on our strong partnership with the Haisla Nation, and it is the key to unlocking the vast potential of a whole new natural gas export industry in British Columbia which will provide long-term stability for families and communities.”

Ellis Ross, Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation -

“This agreement allows the Haisla to look at the land on the west side of the Douglas Channel in a different light. This gives the Haisla and associated projects the certainty needed for the LNG proposals and other projects coming forward for our territory. If we are able to do this, the Haisla people will benefit, as will all British Columbians and Canadians.”

Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas -

“The Province of British Columbia continues to build on the foundation of the BC Jobs Plan to create jobs and support businesses. Today’s framework agreement is another step toward our goal of developing a liquefied natural gas industry which will create economic opportunities for our entire province.”

Quick Facts:

  • Currently, two LNG facilities and marine export terminals have received export licences from the National Energy Board – Kitimat LNG and BC LNG Douglas Channel. Other proponents are in various stages of assessing additional LNG facilities, including the recently announced LNG Canada.
  • In September 2011, British Columbia released its natural gas strategy outlining the steps government will take to grow a viable LNG industry. Part of this strategy includes continuing to strengthen collaboration with First Nations, local communities, industry partners and other levels of government to define more effective working relationships.
  • In May 2012, British Columbia introduced Bill 43, the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA) Implementation Act, in part to facilitate the development of the Kitimat LNG terminal on the Haisla Reserve near Bish Cove.
  • This legislation allows B.C. to enter into agreements with Canada and First Nations to administer provincial laws on reserve lands for specific projects.

Media Contact:

Robin Platts
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
250 387-1204
250 213-6451 (cell)

Ellis Ross Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation

250 639-9361, ext. 205

BACKGROUNDER 

Haisla Framework Agreement

  • The Haisla Framework Agreement allows for the lease or sale of up to approximately 700 hectares of Crown land near the Douglas Channel, and for the foreshore lease of submerged lands of up to 102 hectares for the berthing facility.
  • It provides the Haisla with the options for up to a 60-year lease or the possibility of purchasing of the land outright.
  • This is undeveloped and unserviced land within the boundaries of the District of Kitimat.
  • The agreement also commits both parties to start work on land-use planning for areas around the Douglas Channel, which has tremendous potential as a marine port.
  • Leasing or selling this land to the Haisla gives them an opportunity to work directly with a natural gas proponent to build a terminal. It also offers the Haisla greater decision making on land in their traditional territory.
  • The Haisla will work independently to find a suitable partner for the development of the land.
  • Details of the lease or sale are expected to be finalized this fall.
  • For a map of the area, visit:www.newrelationship.gov.bc.ca/shared/downloads/haisla_framework_map_agreement.pdf

Media Contact:

Robin Platts
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
250 387-1204
250 213-6451 (cell)