Land access agreements are a very important part of preparing
for the Mackenzie Gas Project. To build and operate the proposed
pipeline and related facilities, we must be able to access
specific private and crown lands.
of Understanding (MOU) signed in October 2001 identifies
the principles to develop land access and benefits
arrangements and the process for negotiating them.
A major objective of the MOU was to ensure that the Mackenzie
Valley natural gas pipeline is constructed and operated in
a way that will give significant economic benefits to northerners.
It also recognizes the Project must be economically viable
and designed and approved in a reasonably timely manner.
Land access agreements are often negotiated together with
benefits arrangements. Land access agreements are negotiated
so that the Project can have access to and across aboriginal-owned
land to conduct activity approved and licensed by the government.
The negotiated land access agreements provide for the Project
to pay for the agreed upon access fees and will identify the
terms and conditions under which the activity will be conducted
on the lands.
Continued efforts to move the project forward by ensuring that Aboriginal communities along the pipeline route have benefits and access agreements in place. Currently all Aboriginal community agreements, except the Deh Cho, are signed and executed. Discussions continue.
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