• STATEMENT FROM TFN CHIEF BRYCE WILLIAMS REGARDING PROPOSED OIL TERMINAL ON TSAWWASSEN LANDS

    Tsawwassen First Nation, B.C., May 23, 2017 – Today Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) Chief Bryce Williams released the following statement regarding a proposed oil-loading terminal that was referenced in a recent Globe and Mail article:

    Canadian Advantage Petroleum Corporation indicated in quotes in the article (“Asia-bound: Chinese-backed firm sees export opportunity for Alberta oil,” May 22, 2017) that it has completed a feasibility study and early engineering work on a proposed oil-loading terminal on Tsawwassen Lands. Canadian Advantage also claimed that TFN could vote on the proposal as early as June. This is not the case.

    We wish to make the following corrections and clarifications regarding this article:

    • TFN has not received an oil terminal proposal by Canadian Advantage Petroleum Corporation, nor has TFN indicated an interest in similar proposals from any other organization or company.
    • TFN has not called for a community vote on an oil terminal proposal, as such a proposal is not being pursued.
    • Prior to media inquiries by the Globe and Mail, TFN was not aware of a feasibility study and/or “early engineering work” being conducted for an oil terminal on Tsawwassen Lands.

    TFN receives many proposals for projects on Tsawwassen Lands every year. Some are unsolicited by us; others come as a result of an RFP process for projects meeting specific criteria for a specific site. All proposals go through a rigorous process to ensure that they are aligned with the priorities and goals of the Tsawwassen Government and First Nation as a whole.

    We would like to advise Tsawwassen Members that, earlier this year, a preliminary and unsolicited proposal for an oil terminal on Tsawwassen Lands was presented to TFN’s Executive Council. This proposal was rejected immediately by Executive Council, which advised the presenters that TFN is not interested in moving forward with the project. The presenters did not reference the Canadian Advantage Petroleum Corporation; Sinoenergy was mentioned as a prospective project backer.

    Only by reading the May 22 Globe and Mail article has TFN learned that Sinoenergy is a majority owner of Canadian Advantage Petroleum Corporation. TFN was previously unaware of any link between the two entities.

    We want to emphasize that we are not working with Canadian Advantage Petroleum Corporation or Sinoenergy, nor have there been any further discussions with the original presenting group regarding an oil terminal on Tsawwassen Lands.

    Consultation with Tsawwassen Members and the leaseholder community would be both necessary and appropriate if Executive Council decided to proceed with such a project.

    At this time, TFN has no intention of moving forward with any proposal to build an oil terminal on Tsawwassen Lands.

    For more information:
    Lauren Hutchison
    Communications Coordinator
    Tsawwassen First Nation
    604-831-5453
    lhutchison@tsawwassenfirstnation.com
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