Mackenzie Valley Pipeline

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The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Project would be the largest oil project in Canadian history. Under the permafrost along the Beaufort Sea along the edge of the Mackenzie Delta, researchers have found a vast amount of natural gas that could satisfy North America’s need for energy. The pipeline would extend from Beaufort Sea to the Oil reservoirs in North Alberta. The pipeline has not been built due to problems with land claims settlements. Many people, white and aboriginal who live on this land wish for a pipeline to be built to send gas south but this is very different from the strong opposition 25 years ago. In the 1970s aboriginal groups in the Northwest Territories put a deadly stop on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline…show more content…
Which means 10 years for aboriginal groups to settle land claims. Even thought the giant pipeline corporation expected the government to approve, Berger’s Inquiry had influenced the government and the whole project collapsed. The pipeline wasn’t built which was a triumph for the time for the aboriginal people but they gained something else too: it gave them determination and strength to stand up for their land and to protect what is rightfully theirs. It is safe to say that Berger inspired them. During the Berger Inquiry there were mixed feelings but most people disagreed and did not want the pipeline to be built. Now, many years later, the land is still the same, the oil is still there but the attitudes have changed, the attitude towards the land has changed as well. Aboriginal people, and people that live on this land, aren’t hunting and trapping anymore which would provide them with the necessities, they are now looking underground for the resources like natural gas and petroleum. During Berger’s time, there was much more opposition because people were using the land differently such as hunting, fishing, trapping etc. but now has changed, because they now have jobs and they want more profitable jobs and the pipeline would secure this. This has made them change their mind about the pipeline…show more content…
Thomas Berger ‘s inquiry gave native people a 10 year moratorium to settle land claims, in today’s north all native groups have signed some form of land claim, but one and hearings are still underway which has repressed the construction of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline far too long from the business point of view. From the economical point of view the construction of the pipeline is very beneficial and has an extreme positive economical future but it has an effect on the social part of the project. The lack of jobs, future and hope has increased the alcoholism, drugs and social difficulties in the Aboriginal groups. Aboriginals seemed to feel as if they had no future, but they now hope that with the building of this mega project, people can hope for a better

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