Government Signs Socio-Economic Agreement with Proponents of Proposed Mackenzie Gas Project

by NationTalk on January 23, 20071500 Views

YELLOWKNIFE (22 January 2007) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has signed a Socio Economic Agreement (SEA) with the proponent of the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP).

The agreement formalizes commitments by the proponent with respect to employment, training, business opportunities and other related benefits for NWT residents. It also details measures to monitor and address the long-term management of infrastructure and possible impacts related to the proposed project.“The signing of this Agreement reflects the commitment of both parties to ensure that the development of northern resources occurs in a manner that is sensitive to social and cultural considerations and is economically sustainable,” said Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Brendan Bell.

The GNWT has long supported the advancement of the MGP under the condition that the construction and operation of the proposed project will be completed in a manner that ensures benefits from northern development will accrue to both the residents and economy of the NWT, and that the project encourages exploration and development of the NWT’s oil and gas resources on as broad a basis as possible.

Highlights of the SEA announced today include: an estimated $21 million training fund; the establishment of a Monitoring Advisory Board with aboriginal governments; along with confirmation of MGP employment and procurement commitments for the life of the project. For project employees living in any of the NWT’s communities, the SEA also includes a commitment to cover the costs of travel to and from their job site.

The signed Socio Economic Agreement has been transmitted to the Joint Review Panel (JRP) and will serve as the basis for future presentations by both parties for this pubic review process. The signed Socio Economic Agreement is posted on the web site of the Joint Review Panel at:

For further Background and Question and Answer information, contact:

Julia Mott
Communications Coordinator Office of the Premier
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 669-2302

Drew Williams
Manager, Public Affairs/Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-8696

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