Eagle Spirit Pipeline

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Eagle Spirit Pipeline was a proposed oil pipeline in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.[1] There have been no development updates since May 2019 and the project is presumed to be cancelled.[2][3]


The pipeline would run from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.

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Project details

  • Operator:
  • Owner: Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd
  • Parent company: Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd
  • Capacity: 2 million barrels per day
  • Diameter: 48 inches[4]
  • Length: 1,562 kilometers[5]
  • Status: Cancelled[2][3]
  • Start year: 2028[4]
  • Cost: CAN$16 billion[6]


The pipeline project received approval from all First Nations chiefs along a proposed route through northern B.C. and has financial backing from Aquilini Investment Group. The pipeline is being proposed to replace the canceled Northern Gateway Pipeline and would link Alberta’s oil to British Columbia’s coast, where tankers would transport the cargo to foreign markets.[1]

In May of 2019, the Canadian government introduced bill C-48, which would put into a law a longstanding voluntary moratorium on coastal tanker traffic between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaska border, which is meant to protect delicate marine environments from potential spills.[7] The Canadian Senate’s Committee on Transport and Communications voted down the bill in a 6 – 6 vote, with Paula Simons, an independent senator from Alberta, casting what turned out to be the deciding vote. The bill would have stopped dead in its tracks the proposed Eagle Spirit pipeline project, due to it's location. The president of the Nisga’a Nation had denounced the bill as “offend(ing) the spirit of our treaty with Canada and B.C., which commits all parties to work towards greater economic independence for the Nisga’a people.”[8]

There have been no development updates since bill C-48 passed in May of 2019, stopping construction, and the project is presumed to be cancelled.[2][3]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Planned Pipelines, Pipeline News, accessed October 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Alberta in Confederation, Medicine Hat News, May 6, 2021
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 March 21, Posted on; 2023. "Equity partnerships represent a turning point for Indigenous communities". Resource Works. Retrieved 2024-02-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Eagle Spirit oil pipeline Canada". Offshore Technology. Retrieved 2022-04-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. May 05, Mike Laanela · CBC News · Posted:; May 6, 2018 4:00 AM PT | Last Updated:; 2018. "The B.C. pipeline project you've never heard of — and why it may succeed | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2022-04-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. "Eagle Spirit Pipeline could win regulatory approval, project president says". thestar.com. 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2022-04-20.
  7. Controversial tanker ban Bill C-48 rejected by Senate committee — but it isn’t dead in the water, Global News, accessed May 2019
  8. Breakenridge: We'll take pipeline victories wherever we can find them, Calgary Herald, accessed May 2019

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