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Plethora of pipeline projects

August 03, 2014

There are a plethora of natural gas pipeline projects ‘north of 56’. Most are in northern BC. All-tolled they represent tens of billions of dollars in capital investment.


North American natural gas is cheap and plentiful. Gas in Asia is about 5 times the price. These attractive economics are driving multinational corporations to contemplate the multi-billion investments required to move the gas to markets. These massive investments could create thousands of construction jobs in the next few years.

The Supreme Court of Canada recently found that British Columbia breached its duty to consult when it made land use planning decisions and issued forestry licences over the lands where title was claimed by the Tsilhqot’in First Nation. This decision provides both a road map for Aboriginal title claims and key signposts for other cases respecting treaties and land claims. It also sends a clear signal that government cannot ignore questions about Aboriginal title when taking actions such as issuing permits.



Source: CommonSense Canada website