In order to make LNG a reality in B.C., the provincial government needs to secure land to build pipelines.
They are hoping a multi-million dollar incentive will buy them favour with a group of First Nation leaders who control some of that land.
Two proposed gas pipelines would traverse along the Gitxsan First Nations’ traditional territory.
Global News has obtained a letter sent out to some 60 chiefs of the Gitxsan.
The province is offering the Gitxsan $12 million, plus $2 million as a bonus to secure right-of-way rights for the two pipelines.
There are 30 more First Nations in B.C. who have proposed pipelines that would cross across their territory, so more payouts may be on the horizon.