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SNC-Lavalin teams with First Nations group on proposed B.C. oil refinery

Pacific Future Energy recruits former First Nations chiefs to help launch project

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