Natural gas was discovered in the Mackenzie Delta area in
the 1970s. A Mackenzie Valley pipeline has been talked about
for a long time. In the last few years, there has been renewed
interest in a Mackenzie Valley pipeline. This is because several
factors have changed:
- Market conditions favour a northern pipeline.
- Technology and construction methods have improved.
- Some aboriginal land claims have been settled.
- Support from interested northern parties for a Mackenzie
Valley pipeline has increased.