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Road to Canada's Arctic 'top priority' 05/21/2006
NWT premier wants 500-mile Mackenzie Valley to Arctic Ocean highway; infrastructure needed for diamond mines, gas project
Northwest Territories Premier Joe Handley has made construction of a highway along the Mackenzie Valley to the Arctic Ocean his government's leading priority.
The 500-mile project, estimated to cost C...
Mac line hits more bumps 02/19/2006
New federal minister endorses socio-economic fund, but NWT raises bar
The new Canadian government is sending out encouraging signals that it will deliver C$500 million in socio-economic funds to aboriginal communities along the planned Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline rout...
Gas line fate still unknown 11/20/2005
Clock running on Mackenzie partners' decision; aboriginal breakthrough
Two of its partners are sounding buoyant and even Canada's energy regulator is moving ahead of a formal ratification, but the ultimate decision-maker, Imperial Oil, is remaining coy about chances of t...
'Sensitive and critical' 10/16/2005
Mackenzie project running out of time in efforts to find economic solutions
There's a story doing the rounds in Calgary these days that illustrates the shaky outlook for the Mackenzie Gas Project, also known as Mackenzie II.
It involves an engineer engaged in the project who...
Imperial not backing down 10/09/2005
NWT worries about Alaska gas project; aboriginals press for pipeline tax
Despite a warning from the Northwest Territories government that the venture could be in trouble, Imperial Oil is unwavering in its commitment to the Mackenzie Gas Project.
Exactly how committed will...
Mackenzie talks make little headway 08/21/2005
Three days of talks - the first between northern aboriginal leaders and Imperial Oil since spring - ended Aug. 12 with no evident progress on a deal to clear more obstacles blocking development of the...
Blowing hot and cold on Mackenzie gas pipeline project 07/03/2005
For the Mackenzie Gas Project it's like a case of what you gain on the teeter-totter you lose on the roundabout.
On the upside, the Deh Cho First Nations have put their lawsuits against the Canadian g...
Getting back on track 05/15/2005
Canadian government bows to aboriginal and industry pressure and proposes special fund to meet NWT social needs and restart Mackenzie line negotiations
The Canadian government has bowed to industry and aboriginal pressure by taking the first steps towards breaking the logjam that has stalled progress on the Mackenzie Gas Project.
It will contribute t...
Where now for Mac? 05/08/2005
Arctic gas partners dismiss claims they are bluffing: Shell Canada chief executive officer says Mackenzie gas pipeline project 'looks threatened'
It's not a replay yet, but it's close.
Efforts to open up development of Canada's Arctic natural gas have stumbled over aboriginal demands and regulatory uncertainty, just as they did in the 1970s.
Mackenzie work stalled 05/01/2005
Arctic gas partners blame lack of clear regulatory process, aboriginal demands
The Mackenzie Gas Project has brought all non-regulatory work to a halt, citing "insufficient progress on key areas critical" to the C$7 billion plan for developing Canada's Arctic gas.
Lead partner I...
Mac frozen in time? 03/27/2005
Gas line project hit by blizzard of problems in NWT; hearings off-schedule
It's easy to reach a conclusion that the Mackenzie Gas Project has been frozen in time as squabbling and court actions continue between the Deh Cho First Nations and the Canadian government.
'Strike while the iron is hot' 02/27/2005
NWT minister adds to call for urgency in moving Mackenzie gas pipeline through regulatory phase; if Alaska gasline gets ahead 'we're in trouble'
As the regulatory potholes and speed bumps start to accumulate on the road to the Mackenzie Gas Project, so do the voices of concern, with Northwest Territories Resources Minister Brendan Bell joining...
Yukon-NWT still at odds: leaders have a different view of Arctic pipeline timing 03/14/2004
A thaw in once-chilly relations between the Yukon and Northwest Territories has stopped short of a love-in.
The premiers of the two northern territories left no doubt at an Arctic Gas Symposium in Ca...
Handley unopposed as next NWT premier 12/21/2003
Joe Handley, a no-nonsense 14-year veteran of the Northwest Territories, vaulted his way into the premier's office Dec. 12 when his only two rivals dropped out of the contest. Having worked as a child...
Time running out for Premier Kakfwi 10/12/2003
Aboriginal NWT official to quit before devolution deal
Northwest Territories Premier Stephen Kakfwi has little time left to achieve his most cherished dream - control for his people over revenues generated by petroleum and diamond operations in Canada's N...
Without support, Alaska gas line project at risk, Murkowski tells Canadians 10/05/2003
An Alaska Highway gas pipeline is a vital part of a North American energy market, but without U.S. government subsidies the project could fold, Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski told a Calgary conference Se...
Yukon backs Alaska on gas pipeline, tells Canadian government to back off 10/05/2003
Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie has added his weight to Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski by telling the Canadian government to stay out of the debate over subsidies for an Alaska Highway gas pipeline.
Premier Kakfwi apologizes to De Beers 09/21/2003
Accused mining giant of peddling 'blood diamonds' from rebel groups
Northwest Territories Premier Stephen Kakfwi lashed out at diamond giant De Beers and paid a heavy price.
In New York to promote the territories' natural resource potential, he told reporters on Sept...
NWT lobbies for better revenue deal 07/13/2003
The Canadian government stands to harvest almost C$22 billion in revenues from the planned Mackenzie Gas Project - unless it can be pressured to share those spoils with the Northwest Territories.
Paving way for northern oil, gas development 04/27/2003
Flurry of negotiations between Canadian and NWT governments under way for Native self-government, resource revenue sharing
The Northwest Territories is immersed in landmark negotiations that could help open the door to the greatest wave yet of resource development in Canada's north.
Pivotal talks between the Canadian and...
Mackenzie pipeline must come with aboriginal benefits 03/23/2003
Northwest Territories Premier Stephen Kakfwi sees progress across a wide front, but insists on federal help to provide infrastructure and services, along with revenue-sharing deal
Northwest Territories Premier Stephen Kakfwi is emphatic that the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline "is going to be built."
But he is just as adamant that it will be "done right," which means the benefit...
'Over-the-top' gasline option could be revived, says NWT premier 03/23/2003
Kakfwi not ready to rule out northern route once Mackenzie gasline is built; Duncan accuses Fentie of throwing in towel on Alaska Highway project
An "over-the-top" gas pipeline from the North Slope is not beyond the realm of possibility once the Mackenzie Valley system is built, said Northwest Territories Premier Stephen Kakfwi.
Yukon eyes new option for stranded gas; looks to Mackenzie, not Alaska Highway, gasline 03/16/2003
Expected to sign deal with Northwest Territories to cooperate in seeking pipeline lateral to Mackenzie Valley system; Yukon gas potential gets major boost
The Yukon has reentered the Arctic gas equation with a flourish, propelled by a dramatic upswing in its resource potential and talk of a possible link to the proposed Mackenzie Valley pipeline.
Yukon, Northwest Territories pledge cooperation on pipeline 12/15/2002
Territorial premiers hold 'warm and lively' discussion; agree market must prevail in selecting pipeline routes, but Fentie makes case for Alaska Highway project
A change of government in the Yukon has also opened the way to a change in dealings with the Northwest Territories, especially in the contentious routing of natural gas pipelines from the Arctic.