Our newsletter: 09 May 2024

Aerial photo: FortisBC Tilbury site

Fortis BC wins Indigenous support for LNG

With two LNG-related projects in the works, FortisBC has been seeking, and winning, support from affected First Nations.

The first project is the proposed further expansion of FortisBC’s Tilbury LNG plant in Delta (photo above).

It began in 2018 a $400-million round of expansion that included spending on 25 Indigenous-affiliated vendors. Next, the plan is for Phase 2 of expansion, to increase Tilbury’s production up to 2.5 million tonnes of LNG a year, and the construction of an additional storage tank that will hold up to 142,400 cubic metres of LNG.

Subject to federal and provincial approvals, construction could begin as early as 2025 — and the Musqueam Indian Band already has an agreement with FortisBC that means further partnership and the sharing of benefits, and the second equity partnership on an LNG facility for the company.

In addition, FortisBC and Seaspan are forming a partnership to develop a marine jetty in the lower Fraser River adjacent to FortisBC’s Tilbury facility.

The project team has engaged with over 30 Indigenous communities through working sessions, individual meetings, and two-way exchanges of information. .

The Musqueam partnership agreement also covers the jetty project, and the jetty has already received consent letters from 11 First Nations.

(FortisBC is an affiliate member of our Alliance.)

Photo: Prime Minister Trudeau

Indigenous appeals change loans plan

Ottawa’s new Indigenous economic development policy marks a big change, says Prof. Ken Coates.

In a guest column in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Coates says the federal government’s new Indigenous loan guarantee program, announced in the latest federal budget, shows how the current government can be persuaded to make policy changes under pressure from Indigenous groups.

Under the original plan, oil and gas projects, along with some mining projects, would not have qualified — but after pressure from Indigenous governments, the federal government changed its tune.

“So there was actually a pretty good response to that. . . . We’re seeing a situation where the government is becoming more aware of what Indigenous people want to do.”

And, he added: “When Indigenous people get financial autonomy, then great things happen, generally.”

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(Posted here 12 May 2024)


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