Whether or not the proposed expansion is a "done deal" is anyone's guess, however, because nobody seems to know. The preservationist factions were busting with glee on the evening news, and a native leader from the north took advantage of the news opportunity to announce that the park expansion will now make room for a proposed Mackenzie Valley Pipeline that has been held up by land claims and negotiations for decades. There are even mines that may continue to operate in the new park, and traditional harvest will probably be permitted by indigenous people called the Deh Cho, who primarily live in communities to the east along the Mackenzie River. Sources at the Government of the NWT have assured me that the details are a long way from being written in stone, however. I'll have more on this story as it develops.