Community dialogue and input are important factors that will help shape the scope of the proposed Island Gas Connector Project (IGC Project). The IGC Project team is committed to engaging and consulting with Native American Tribes, Canadian Aboriginal groups, landowners and stakeholders about all aspects of the IGC Project.

The IGC Project team recognizes that all communities have an important role to play in the IGC Project. The team is committed to engaging and consulting with Native American Tribes, Canadian Aboriginal groups, communities, landowners and stakeholders about all aspects the IGC Project. Open, extensive and thorough engagement along the proposed land route in Washington and the marine route between Washington and British Columbia is an important part of the IGC Project. The IGC Project team will provide comprehensive information about the IGC Project and seek feedback on the proposal as it moves through the regulatory process.

As environmental, technical and engineering studies are initiated as part of the regulatory processes in the United States and Canada, public open houses and other opportunities for input will be hosted in the affected areas in Washington and British Columbia to formally introduce the proposal to the public and collect feedback. Public input and dialogue with communities is important to us and can help shape the final scope of the IGC Project.

The IGC Project’s significant economic impact would include revenue generation for local governments, the governments of Washington State and British Columbia and the US and Canadian federal governments during construction, operation and decommissioning.

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Native American Tribes

The IGC Project is committed to ongoing and open engagement with Native American Tribes. This input will help shape the scope of the IGC Project.

Wherever we operate, Williams is committed to understanding, respecting, and learning from the unique culture and traditions of local communities.

The IGC Project team recognizes and enthusiastically accepts our responsibilities to the communi­ties in which we operate, including those relating to Native American Tribes. The team strives to be a good neighbor through involvement and support for community, social, cultural and environmental activities. We are committed to protecting the public, our employees and the environment.

The IGC Project team respects the diversity of Native American Tribes and their history and cultures within each community, and strives to create an inclusive operation that improves with input from all stakeholders.

Canadian Aboriginal Groups

The IGC Project team understands and respects that its Projects have the potential to affect the traditional territory of Aboriginal groups. The team is committed to engaging early in a meaningful and respectful manner in order to develop a Project that minimize potential environmental, traditional and socio-economic effects and maximize sustainable long-term benefits for current and future generations.

Through working collaboratively with potential affected Aboriginal groups, our aim is to:

  • Understand interests, concerns and questions with respect to the IGC Project and incorporate traditional knowledge into Project planning and design
  • Seek input on environmental studies and active participation in the regulatory process
  • Seek to minimize the potential environmental, cultural and socio-economic effects while finding opportunities for enhancement wherever possible
  • Understand and support sustainable development initiatives and generate long-term benefits for local communities


As routing and construction plans are developed for the IGC Project, we will continue an open and transparent dialogue with landowners, because we recognize our construction activities and operations must strive to coexist with existing uses of the land.

Our goal is to maintain positive working relationships with all affected landowners and communities in Washington State and British Columbia during all phases of the proposed Project – from preliminary studies, to construction to ongoing operations.

Easement Acquisition Process

For the land portion of the IGC Project in Washington State, the IGC Project will seek a permanent easement from landowners along the proposed approximately 34-mile (54-kilometre) route between Sumas and the Birch Bay/Custer, Washington area. An easement is a limited right to use the land for a specific purpose.

If the proposal moves forward, the IGC Project would negotiate for land rights fairly and equitably based on established land valuation practices. The IGC Project would compensate landowners for an easement to construct, operate and maintain an underground pipeline, and in limited cases, above-ground equipment related to the pipeline such as valves, pipeline markers and corrosion protection equipment.

It is important to note that granting an easement does not transfer the title of the land to the IGC Project – it merely gives the IGC Project the right to use the land for specific activities related to the proposed pipeline. The landowner retains ownership of the land and use of the surface with limited restrictions. Once construction is complete, the landowner may farm, plant, graze or otherwise use the surface with the exception that no permanent building structures can be placed within the limits of the easement.

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