Kinder Morgan says 51 First Nations have agreed to pipeline expansion project

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In Alberta, oil is still the number one economic driver of its economy.

And though there are protests in British Columbia and across Canada against Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion, the Trans Mountain project does have support in Alberta.

Kinder Morgan says 51 First Nations have signed on to the project. Now it’s up to Ottawa – and the premiers of Alberta and B.C. – to decide whether it will be built.

Video Journalist / Edmonton

Chris Stewart has been in the media for 20 years. He has worked at CBC, Global and CTV as a news camera operator and editor. Chris joined APTN in 2012 in the Saskatoon Bureau and moved to APTN Edmonton bureau in 2015 as a Videojournalist.

42 thoughts on “Kinder Morgan says 51 First Nations have agreed to pipeline expansion project

  1. I cannot find anything on the first nations that are in support. John Ibbitson seems to think there are 30. I would love that information as I think this is the group that has the most to gain and lose on this issue.

  2. I cannot find anything on the first nations that are in support. John Ibbitson seems to think there are 30. I would love that information as I think this is the group that has the most to gain and lose on this issue.

  3. As many commenters have asked, which 51 First Nations are you referring to? Please be more responsible in your reporting. What would be very valuable to all Canadians is to know exactly which 1st Nations are for the pipe, and which oppose.
    Thank you.

  4. As many commenters have asked, which 51 First Nations are you referring to? Please be more responsible in your reporting. What would be very valuable to all Canadians is to know exactly which 1st Nations are for the pipe, and which oppose.
    Thank you.

  5. No treaty in the northeast Secwepemculecw no pipeline period this first people generation today will not be swindled , to bad our Secwpemculecw people never new how to write read Latin back in 1950s or there would have no one pipeline. Any one native spoken with no proper education will agree to toxin agreement.

  6. No treaty in the northeast Secwepemculecw no pipeline period this first people generation today will not be swindled , to bad our Secwpemculecw people never new how to write read Latin back in 1950s or there would have no one pipeline. Any one native spoken with no proper education will agree to toxin agreement.

  7. Please show me evidence that this is actually the will of the members and not just a few corrupt individuals on council! Please provide the Democratic Referendum Numbers from each of these communities! If you cannot provide these, please stop publishing false narratives!

  8. The pipeline may create jobs, but at what cost? Our Earth is forever changing shape. Pipelines will break. If we build a refinery here in Canada we create jobs without the spills.

  9. Please show me evidence that this is actually the will of the members and not just a few corrupt individuals on council! Please provide the Democratic Referendum Numbers from each of these communities! If you cannot provide these, please stop publishing false narratives!

  10. I believe that agreements Kinder Morgan has signed with First Nations in 2 western provinces (mostly Alberta) amount to $300 million. This is a pittance to pay for marketing support on a massive project that is pegged at 7.2 billion. It is a cost of doing business…a bit like one of those corporate responsibility ads, which may cost a few million dollars to create and run in the short term. It’s window dressing aimed at creating risy optics on the black business if extracting and shipping bitumen from the most ecologically harmful oil project on the planet.

  11. This is ridiculous. Of course Alberta supports the expansion. They’re the only ones who truly get benefits from it. They want Canada to endorse the project, British Columbia to take all the risk and Alberta to get all the profit. Does not sound reasonable to me

  12. The pipeline may create jobs, but at what cost? Our Earth is forever changing shape. Pipelines will break. If we build a refinery here in Canada we create jobs without the spills.

  13. Who cares if first Nations signed on to anything. They’re vote is for sale on anything and the most meaningless. What do they really have to offer? They don’t have anything unless we give it to them first. It’s the second box checked on The To Do List, first is profit analysis second did the Indians get their money. Take your pipe run it down your Province into America the actual country you belong to and ship it West to Portland Oregon or Seattle and see how much feedback you get for them.
    You could even do the right thing and stop mining for oil and use the money to forward mankind into New Era of energy. Hey rest of Canada let’s sell Alberta to the states then we won’t have to worry about anything for the next few decades.

    1. You are absolutely clueless to the fact that B.C. also has multiple oil fields. In fact, BC accounts for 25% of the marketable natural gas that is produced in Canada. Maybe you should have a better understanding of what’s happening in your own backyard before you go suggesting kicking other provinces to the US.

  14. I believe that agreements Kinder Morgan has signed with First Nations in 2 western provinces (mostly Alberta) amount to $300 million. This is a pittance to pay for marketing support on a massive project that is pegged at 7.2 billion. It is a cost of doing business…a bit like one of those corporate responsibility ads, which may cost a few million dollars to create and run in the short term. It’s window dressing aimed at creating risy optics on the black business if extracting and shipping bitumen from the most ecologically harmful oil project on the planet.

  15. This is ridiculous. Of course Alberta supports the expansion. They’re the only ones who truly get benefits from it. They want Canada to endorse the project, British Columbia to take all the risk and Alberta to get all the profit. Does not sound reasonable to me

  16. Who cares if first Nations signed on to anything. They’re vote is for sale on anything and the most meaningless. What do they really have to offer? They don’t have anything unless we give it to them first. It’s the second box checked on The To Do List, first is profit analysis second did the Indians get their money. Take your pipe run it down your Province into America the actual country you belong to and ship it West to Portland Oregon or Seattle and see how much feedback you get for them.
    You could even do the right thing and stop mining for oil and use the money to forward mankind into New Era of energy. Hey rest of Canada let’s sell Alberta to the states then we won’t have to worry about anything for the next few decades.

    1. You are absolutely clueless to the fact that B.C. also has multiple oil fields. In fact, BC accounts for 25% of the marketable natural gas that is produced in Canada. Maybe you should have a better understanding of what’s happening in your own backyard before you go suggesting kicking other provinces to the US.

  17. Just sayin’. Why would you publish that number “51” without investigation. And why would you ignore the indigeneous opposition and jut hand it over saying now it’s up to the colonial governments.

  18. No doubt they did. It’s good business and far less likely to cause a major environmental issue than transporting by rail.

    What I want to know, though, was whether there has ever been thought given to running a pipeline north, through the NWT. No idea, of course, what support structures would be needed to ship oil to the world market out of a far north port, but the Territory needs the pipeline capacity to develop its own oil reserves anyway, so if it was doable to work with Alberta producers on a major project, I’d imagine they’d run with the idea.

    1. This is already in the woodworks. In fact, if Kinder Morgan ends up not being built, they already have approval to have it built in souther Alaska. The oil is coming in and going out one way or another… the question is are we going to allow our American neighbours to take all the economical gains and continue to purchase Canadian oil at a significant discount? Or are Canadians going to step up and save our own economy?

  19. And who are these first nations? I am sure their members would like to know. We have been asking for the Democratic referendum numbers from each communities vote. How many eligible voters. How many yes and how many no. Please publish so the public can be reassured this is the will of the first nations members. Shouldn’t be a problem. Thank you.

  20. Just sayin’. Why would you publish that number “51” without investigation. And why would you ignore the indigeneous opposition and jut hand it over saying now it’s up to the colonial governments.

  21. No doubt they did. It’s good business and far less likely to cause a major environmental issue than transporting by rail.

    What I want to know, though, was whether there has ever been thought given to running a pipeline north, through the NWT. No idea, of course, what support structures would be needed to ship oil to the world market out of a far north port, but the Territory needs the pipeline capacity to develop its own oil reserves anyway, so if it was doable to work with Alberta producers on a major project, I’d imagine they’d run with the idea.

    1. This is already in the woodworks. In fact, if Kinder Morgan ends up not being built, they already have approval to have it built in souther Alaska. The oil is coming in and going out one way or another… the question is are we going to allow our American neighbours to take all the economical gains and continue to purchase Canadian oil at a significant discount? Or are Canadians going to step up and save our own economy?

  22. And who are these first nations? I am sure their members would like to know. We have been asking for the Democratic referendum numbers from each communities vote. How many eligible voters. How many yes and how many no. Please publish so the public can be reassured this is the will of the first nations members. Shouldn’t be a problem. Thank you.

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