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Letter lays out First Nations support of oil pipeline proposal

Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd. claims it has the backing of First Nations leaders across northern BC for its proposed oil pipeline from Fort McMurray to the BC North Coast.

In a news release issued Wednesday, Eagle Spirit says a number of elected and hereditary chiefs have declared their support for a multi-billion dollar “energy corridor” through their traditional territories.

“This route will enable the shipment of both Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and oil,” said Wesley Sam, Chiefs’ Council Representative for the First Nations on the Eagle Spirit Pipeline in a news release.

Support for the oil and gas pipeline corridor is laid out in a letter sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Premiers of BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

“Eagle Spirit’s proposal also fairly compensates First Nations for the risks posed to our traditional territories through meaningful revenue generation, business, employment, education, training, and capacity building opportunities promoting economic self-sufficiency for our communities and their members,” states the letter.

Leaders with the Gitxsan, Stellat’en, Burns Lake Band, Nadleh Whut’en, Lax Kw’alaams, and others have signed the letter, although the elected leadership of the Lax Kw’alaams said earlier this summer that Eagle Spirit’s claims of support were somewhat overstated.

The letter goes on to say that the leadership recognizes “the importance of alternative oil export markets to our national economy.”

Eagle Spirit says it is working on finalizing the route of the proposed pipeline and completing binding agreements.

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