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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,, 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

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

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline approved by Joint Review Panel

The Globe and Mail, Dec. 19 2013

No Enbridge, art by Andy Everson, Kwakwaka'wakw.

No Enbridge, art by Andy Everson, Kwakwaka’wakw.

A federal Joint Review Panel has given its blessing to Enbridge Inc’s Northern Gateway project, concluding the controversial pipeline is in the public interest, but will be subject to 209 environmental, safety and financial conditions.

The assessment of the panel — which will inform a final federal cabinet decision in about six months — said they were persuaded that the 1,178 kilometre pipeline from Alberta to the B.C. coast will meet an economic need by diversifying Canada’s oil market. Read the rest of this entry

Apache Surveyors Ordered Off Unceded Wet’suwet’en Territory

On the evening of November 20th, 2012, Wet’suwet’en Chief Toghestiy intercepted and

Members of Un’istot’en camp blockade surveyors working for Apache  corporation, Nov. 20, 2012.

issued an eagle feather to surveyors from the Can-Am Geomatics company who were working for Apache’s proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP). In Wet’suwet’en law, an eagle feather is used as a first and only notice of trespass. The surveyors and all other people associated with PTP were ordered to leave the territory and told that they are not ever allowed to return to Unis’tot’en land. As a result of the unsanctioned PTP work in the Unist’ot’en yintah, the road leading into the territory has been closed to all industry activities until further notice. Read the rest of this entry

Victoria ‘Defend Our Coast’ Rally Civil But No Disobedience

A planned “mass civil disobedience” rally in Victoria, BC, against the proposed Enbridge

Oct. 22, 2012 “Defend Our Coast” rally at BC Legislature, Victoria BC.

Northern Gateway pipeline was civil, but without the disobedience.  Despite weeks of signing up volunteers and nonviolent training sessions, organizers apparently opted out of a repeat of protests against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, DC, last fall, during which over 1,000 people were arrested.

Organizers claim 5,000 people attended the rally, while police put the number at 3,500.

Organizers now appear to be portraying the pre-rally civil disobedience sign-up and training as a huge success in itself.  According to the Defend Our Coast website, “As soon as we decided we were willing to get arrested, we had already won. Today was a victory for the people of BC, Canada and the world.” Read the rest of this entry

B.C. pipeline proponents grilled on leak detection

Enbridge staff on hot seat at Northern Gateway hearings in B.C.

Enbridge ruptured pipeline in Michigan, July  2010, during which 3 million litres of oil flowed into the Kalamazoo River.

CBC News, The Canadian Press, Oct 10, 2012

The ability to detect leaks along the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline won’t be known until the pipeline is built and pumping oil through the remote wilderness of northern B.C., a lawyer for the province noted at a hearing deciding the pipeline’s fate. Read the rest of this entry