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Indigenous-led energy company plans GoFundMe to legally challenge federal oil tanker moratorium

Eagle Spirit Energy logoEagle Spirit Energy has launched GoFundMe account to raise funds for legal effort

First Nations push back against Eagle Spirit pipeline

Eagle Spirit Energy logoGroup backed by Aquilinis on publicity blitz, say they have widespread chiefs’ support

By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun,October 4, 2015

Key First Nations in northern B.C. refute there is consensus on an oil pipeline concept initiated by some coastal First Nation members.

Eagle Spirit Energy has issued a trio of news releases in the past week, claiming it has signed agreements and has the support of chiefs along the route of its proposed project — an alternate to Enbridge’s stalled $7.9-billion Northern Gateway project.

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Coastal First Nations Call Out ‘Eagle Spirit’ Pipeline

Art Sterritt, head of the Coastal First Nations lobby group.

Art Sterritt, head of the Coastal First Nations lobby group.

Energy project seen as Northern Gateway alternative rejected by two vital aboriginal alliances.

By Sarah Berman, TheTyee.ca, Feb 13, 2015

After a Wednesday press conference in Calgary announced new partners in a First Nations-led pipeline project, two major alliances of First Nations have publicly rejected the proposal.

The Eagle Spirit Energy project, which positions itself as a less risky alternative to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway, first set out to secure “social license” for a high-volume energy corridor through northern B.C. in September 2012. With financial backing from the Aquilini Group, president and chairperson Calvin Helin said his company consulted with First Nations and is in the process of designing a proposal that meets those terms. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations Being Courted to Back Tar Sands Refinery Projects on Their Land

Calvin Helin of Eagle Spirit Energy, which proposes a bitumen refining facility on the coast.

Calvin Helin of Eagle Spirit Energy, which proposes a bitumen refining facility prior to transporting Tar Sands by pipeline to the coast.

Companies behind refining proposals are trying hard to avoid the mistakes Enbridge made on Northern Gateway pipeline—but an uphill fight awaits.
By Elizabeth Douglass, InsideClimate News, June 23, 2014

Despite last week’s approval from the Canadian government, uncertainty still dogs Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline largely because of a vow from key aboriginal communities to block it.

Others in the oil industry are trying hard to avoid the mistakes Enbridge made when it comes to approaching Canada’s powerful First Nations about projects that could contaminate their lands and waterways.

Pacific Future Energy Corp.’s recent refinery proposal is the latest example. Read the rest of this entry

Eagle Spirit pipeline proposal faces First Nations opposition

Enbridge anti-pipeline logoProposed pipeline would carry refined oil from Alberta to B.C. North Coast

CBC News, April 15, 2014

A First Nations-led proposal to build an oil pipeline from Alberta to B.C.’s North Coast will still face stiff opposition from some communities, including one situated at the location of the proposed marine terminal. Read the rest of this entry

Northern Gateway setback could mean opportunity for aboriginal energy proposal

Calvin Helin doing power point presentation in his button blanket regalia.

Calvin Helin doing power point presentation in his button blanket regalia.

The Aquilini family, which owns the Vancouver Canucks, said it will underwrite the estimated $18 billion pipeline proposal as long as it gets support of all First Nations through whose territory the pipeline would travel

VANCOUVER – A First Nations-backed organization has partnered with the Aquilini Group to propose a new pipeline to compete with the struggling Enbridge Northern Gateway project. Read the rest of this entry

Aboriginal Business Elite Promote Pipelines as part of ‘Energy Corridor’

First nations carving out an energy bridge to the B.C. coast

Nathan Vanderklippe, The Globe and Mail, Feb 5, 2013

Calvin Helin doing power point presentation in his button blanket regalia.

Calvin Helin doing power point presentation in his button blanket regalia.

For the Canadian energy industry desperate to pump oil and natural gas through British Columbia, the single greatest obstacle has been the dozens of first nations fighting to ensure pipelines are never built.

Now, some of the leading figures in Canada’s aboriginal business community are offering a bridge across the province’s difficult political landscape. They have formed Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd., a company quietly working to create a first nations-owned energy corridor across northern B.C. that could serve as a physical line across the province to move natural gas, electricity and oil. Read the rest of this entry

Native Capitalists Seek to Exploit Energy Resources

First Nations group formed to create energy corridor

Calvin Helin using culture for his capitalist endeavors (encouraging greater resource exploitation and collaboration by Natives with corporations).

First Perspective News, 27 September 2012

A group of BC first nations leaders have come together to create what will be known as an aboriginal energy corridor from the B-C coast to the Alberta border.

Called Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings, it proposes to be the facilitators between energy companies and the local first nations in Northern British Columbia on any energy projects proposed to come through their territory. Read the rest of this entry