ATCO Pipelines has signed an agreement with the Ermineskin Cree Nation that will see the two parties co-operate on the replacement of a 219 mm (eight-inch) pipeline running through the First Nation.
This pipeline is a critical piece of a larger network that provides natural gas service to communities between Red Deer and Viking, including Lacombe, Ponoka, Camrose, Wetaskiwin and the four First Nations near Hobbema. The original pipeline was constructed in 1946.
“We look forward to working with the Ermineskin Cree Nation,” said Brendan Dolan, president of ATCO Pipelines. “Not only does this allow us to begin upgrading a critical piece of infrastructure that serves several central Alberta communities but we are also able to provide a number of long-term benefits to this community,”
This agreement demonstrates ATCO Pipelines commitment to its First Nations partners and builds upon ATCO’s track record of creating mutually-beneficial relationships with aboriginal groups across Canada. Specifically, the agreement outlines a commitment by ATCO Pipelines to explore employment and training opportunities with the First Nation related to this project, as well as see the company invest in the community through its support of the Ermineskin Education Trust Fund.
“Thanks to this agreement, we are building a long and productive relationship with ATCO Pipelines,” said Ermineskin Chief Craig Makinaw. “This relationship will give us the opportunity to continue offering much needed programs and services to the people of the Ermineskin Cree Nation.”