Canada: First Nations plan pipeline to Alaska to escape tanker ban

In response to the potential moratorium on B.C. oil tankers, a group of more than 30 First Nation bands have issued a backup plan for their C$17 billion pipelines.

Project chairman and president Calvin Helin said in an interview that Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings has signed an agreement with a landowner in Hyder Alaska to be the potential endpoint of their Alberta to B.C. pipeline, with Helin believing “It’s a complete answer to the tanker ban”.

Helin is a member of the Lax Kw’alaams band near the border of the proposed site and believes Alaska would welcome upwards of C$1.5 billion in investment.

Eagle Spirit Energy believe the ban to be a result of American-financed environmental groups and has been pushed through without proper consultation, despite the 75 engagement sessions held by Transport Canada.

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