Pacific Northern Gas
Pacific Northern Gas proposes to construct a 30-inch pipeline between Summit Lake and Kitimat to transport natural gas from the Kitimat LNG plant to the Duke Energy pipeline system at Summit Lake. This pipeline would parallel the existing PNG pipeline between Summit Lake and Endako, but would require new right-of-way from Endako to Kitimat. The pipeline would cross six of the CSTC First Nations’ territories and have potential impacts to the other two member nations through affected watersheds.
PNG KSL PIpeline Looping Project: Project Description - February 2006
The original PNG natural gas pipeline was built in 1968 without consultation or accommodation of the affected First Nations.
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is acting in a coordinating role for the affected member nations. CSTC has completed the Traditional Use Study and commissioned LGL Environmental Consultants to conduct a preliminary overview of environmental impacts.
Environmental Assessment Process for the PNG Natural Gas Pipeline
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council has been pressing the provincial and federal governments, as well as the proponent to help develop and implement a joint or First Nations environmental review process for this pipeline. Discussions are on-going, but the provincial government (Environmental Assessment Office) has rejected the CSTC proposed process. The CSTC Council of Chiefs are demanding that this separate process be implemented before member nations agree to participate in any government environmental review process. This separate process would implement on-the-ground the concept of "shared decision-making," as committed to in the New Relationship document between the Province and the BC First Nations Leadership Council.
In the pre-application phase of the BC environmental review process, CSTC made comments on the draft Section 11 Order and the draft Terms of Reference. CSTC hoped to address some of the outstanding issues with the process itself through these comments and to make changes to the process early on. However, the refusal by the Province to address the concerns of the CSTC Nations has caused great concern, and the CSTC Council of Chiefs are opposed to continued participation in a process that does not respect the constitutional rights of First Nations.
In the News
Prince George Citizen Article: CSTC Comment on PNG/PTP Environmental Application