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KKR-backed Coastal GasLink Pipeline project draws opposition from First Nations people, protests throughout Canada

March 3, 2020

In December, private equity firm KKR announced it was acquiring a significant equity interest in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline project in Canada. According to media reports, KKR’s investment in the project has not yet closed – it is due to close in the first half of 2020.

The project has drawn significant opposition from the Wet’suwet’en First Nations people, whose territory the pipeline would cross.

In January, the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs issued an eviction notice to the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline company. The notice alleges that the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline company has operated on Wet’suwet’en land despite the opposition of the Hereditary Chiefs and demands that Coastal Gaslink Pipeline staff and contractors leave the territory.

Since, dozens of Wet’suwet’en people and their supporters have been arrested and solidarity protests throughout Canada have brought Canadian rail transportation to a near halt.

Protests surrounding the GasLink Pipeline project have drawn substantial media attention (see below).

The Coastal GasLink Pipeline project is the most recent of dozens of investments that KKR has made in fossil fuel production and infrastructure in recent years, including oil and gas pipeline companies, oil and gas exploration and production companies, and a coal-fired power plant. A list of recent KKR investments in fossil fuels is below.

Media coverage:

CBC News, Jan 5, 2020: “Hereditary First Nation chiefs issue eviction notice to Coastal GasLink contractors”

Vancouver Sun, Jan 5, 2020: “Coastal GasLink evicted by Wet’suwet’en clans in north central B.C.”

Vancouver Sun, Feb 3, 2020: “Unist’ot’en camp residents focus on life on the land, not protests”

The Georgia Straight, Feb 6, 2020: “As RCMP begin arrests, Gidimt’en spokesperson Molly Wickham issues declaration on Wet’suwet’en rights”

Vice, Feb 21, 2020: “Everything You Need to Know About the Pipeline Crisis In Canada”

Calgary Herald, Feb 23, 2020: “Coastal GasLink pipeline segment faces delay amid Indigenous protests”

Washington Post, Feb 18, 2020: “Why protesters are shutting down Canada’s rail service”

Recent KKR Investments in Fossil Fuels:

Coastal Gaslink PipelineMidstream670 kilometers pipeline project delivering natural gas across Northern British Columbia.Dec-19Canada
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company pipelinesMidstream18 pipelines transporting crude oil and condensatesJun-19Abu Dhabi
Spur Energy PartnersUpstreamOperator of an oil and gas assets company.May-19New Mexico
Williston Basin Oil and Gas AssetsUpstreamProducing and undeveloped oil and gas assets in the Williston BasinMay-19Montana
SemCAMS MidstreamMidstreamOperator of natural gas processing plants in Canada.Jan-19Canada
Discovery Midstream PartnersMidstreamOperator of a full-service midstream oil and gas company.Jul-18Texas
JoulonServicesThe company provides individual products and integrated end to end asset management services to the oil and gas industry in United Arab Emirates and worldwide.Dec-17United Arab Emirates
NextEra Energy PartnersMidstream, renewableNextEra Energy Partners LP is a limited partnership formed to acquire, manage and own contracted clean energy projects. It owns interests in wind and solar projects in North America, as well as natural gas infrastructure assets in Texas.Sep-17North America
Covey Park EnergyUpstreamOperator and explorer of oil and gas reserves.Feb-17ArkLaTex, Permian and MidContinent regions
Venado Oil & GasUpstreamOperator of oil and gas exploration company in the United States.Oct-16Texas
Trans European Oil & GasUpstreamDeveloper and operator of oil and gas properties.Nov-15Europe
Monterra EnergyMidstreamDeveloper and builder of midstream infrastructure.May-15Texas
Mandala EnergyUpstreamOperator of an oil and gas exploration and production company in Singapore.Mar-15Southeast Asia
Montage ResourcesUpstreamExploration and production companyFeb-15Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
Veresen MidstreamMidstreamThe company offers transportation, processing and logistic services for natural gas resources.Dec-14British Columbia
OEG OffshoreServicesProvider of offshore cargo carrying units and equipment for the oil and gas industry.Jul-14 
Longview PowerPower generationOperator of a coal-powered energy generation unit.Mar-14Pennsylvania
Fleur de Lis EnergyUpstreamFleur de Lis Energy is a private energy firm that engages in the acquisition, exploitation and production of conventional and unconventional oil and gas assets in North America.Mar-14North America
Torq Energy LogisticsMidstreamOperator of transloading terminals in Canada.Dec-13Canada
FlowStream CommoditiesUpstreamDeveloper of oil and gas streams.Oct-13 
EXCO ResourcesUpstreamEXCO Resources Inc is an oil and gas exploration and production company.Jul-13Texas, Louisiana, and the Appalachian region
Haymaker Minerals & RoyaltiesUpstreamOperator of oil and gas wells. The company primarily focuses on purchasing minerals and royalties from all types of mineral owners.May-13 
Westbrick EnergyUpstreamProvider energy exploration services.Nov-12Canada
Acteon GroupServicesProvider of subsea services to the offshore oil and gas industry.Oct-12 
Comstock ResourcesUpstreamComstock Resources Inc is engaged in the acquisition, development, production, and exploration of oil and natural gas.Jul-12Texas
Portfolio of oil and gas properties in Texas, Miississippi and LouisianaUpstream Feb-12Texas, Miississippi and Louisiana
Samson ResourcesUpstreamProvider of oil and natural gas services intended to explore, develop and produce oil and natural gas from properties located onshore in the United States.Dec-11Williston, Powder River, Greater Green River, San Juan, Anadarko and East Texas basins
Premier Natural ResourcesUpstream Nov-10Texas

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