Kitamaat Village lies at the head of the Douglas Channel – some 140 kms from the open waters of the Hecate Strait. This deep (190 – 570 m) and sheltered fjord is ice-free and sits close to energy resources in Western Canada while offering shorter sailing times to key Asian markets.
Haisla Nation supports the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities as a means of supporting the nation’s financial, educational and social development.
The Kitimat area provides distinct advantages to the growing Asian markets that include geopolitical benefits such as a transparent and comprehensive regulatory regime, stable government and a provincial government with a strong Asia-Pacific focus. In addition, British Columbia has earned a reputation as a long-time reliable exporter of commodities, including natural gas.
The proposed LNG facilities in the Douglas Channel will have access to the vast reserves of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin through the Pacific Trail Pipelines, which will be connected to Spectra Energy’s Westcoast Pipeline system and ties into the North American pipeline grid. On the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada, Kitimat represents the shortest shipping route to Pacific Basin LNG markets compared to other international energy markets. The average laden voyage from Kitimat to Asia is only approximately 11 days. This provides an opportunity for Asian utility companies to diversify their portfolio through exposure to one of the largest natural gas supplies in the world.
Any export terminals or other projects supported by the Haisla for the Channel or elsewhere in our territory will protect important areas and have minimal and manageable environmental footprints.