The $40 billion LNG Canada two-train project and the $6.2 billion Coastal Gaslink pipeline to northeast British Columbia both received positive financial investment decisions (FID) Oct. 1, raising hope in Canada’s beleaguered energy sector that better days are ahead.

Just as important as the economic benefits of the project is the way both projects partnered with indigenous communities on the West Coast and along the pipeline route, earning political support that should help avoid the ferocious opposition that has plagued crude oil pipeline projects in both western and eastern Canada.