Eagle Spirit Pipeline

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Eagle Spirit Pipeline is a proposed oil pipeline in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.[1]

Location

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

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Project Details

  • Owner: Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd.
  • Proposed capacity: 2 million barrels per day
  • Length: 1,601.3 kilometers / 995 miles
  • Status: Proposed
  • Start Year:

Background

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.[2] 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.”[3]

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