Deal on Mackenzie pipeline


Last week the Aboriginal Pipeline Group signed a partnership deal with oil and gas producers that gives aboriginal groups one-third equity in a pipeline that would run between the Mackenzie Delta and Alberta.

The proposed 1350 kilometre pipeline would carry one billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to the South.

Stephen Kakfwi, the premier of the Northwest Territories, now wants Ottawa to hand over $230 million to build roads and to provide training for local workers involved in the project.

The Aboriginal Pipeline Group, headed by former NWT premier, Nellie Cournoyea, also wants $1 billion in federal loan guarantees to pay from their part in the project.

The two parties are arguing that oil and gas development is a federal responsibility.

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