Harrison Hot Springs – A spokesperson from Kinder Morgan and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, drew a small and quiet crowd to the Agassiz Harrison First Nations Business Forum. Only one-third of the main conference room was full and ironically there were none of the usual flock of protesters who you would think, would be gathered at the front door of the Harrsion Resort and Spa.
Keynote Speaker Peter Forrester, the Senior Director for Aboriginal and Legal Affairs for Kinder Morgan , did not offer anything really new to the discussion, as the entire expansion process is still going through the approval phase with the NEB – National Energy Board.
But he did say all the right things. He envisions First Nations along the pipeline route to have access to jobs , both in pipeline construction and post construction jobs . While there would be hundreds of direct and indirect service jobs, only 50 permanent post-construction jobs would be available in BC. (Another 40 in Alberta).
Forrester wants to see First Nations Involvement in Business Serves as well as a lasting legacy for employment.
But it all boils down to what we already know.
The NEB is expected to make their decision on a green light by January 2016.
With a new Federal Liberal Government in power, PM Justin Trudeau could scuttle the entire project depending on what the Commons vote will be.
In a perfect world, Construction could start May 2016 to September 2018.
That is a lot of maybe’s.
He ended his keynote address stating that the 6 First Nations in Agassiz Harrison will be heard, and Kinder Morgan wants to work together in an atmosphere of respect.