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Eagle Spirit Energy's President Says Company Respects Haida Nations Rejection to Oil Project

Laryn Gilmour

The Council of the Haida Nation has written a letter to Eagle Spirit Energy Holding.. expressing its opposition to having any oil development in their territory.

Haida president Peter Lantin has signed a letter asking the company to stop pushing its oil project.. and join First Nations to block Enbridge's Northern Gateway.

Lantin says the main reason the nation released a comment was because disclosure agreements are hiding which First Nation groups are against or for the project and the public needed to know Haida Nation is against.

Eagle Spirit Energy -- backed by Vancouver's Aquilini Group -- is proposing an alternative to the Enbridge pipeline.. which would include upgrading and shipping refined oil products from the BC coast, rather than diluted bitumen.

Eagle Spirit's Calvin Helin says a number of First Nations have expressed interest his group's project.

However disclosure agreements prevent him from naming them.

And Helin says the company respects the Haida Nation's decision to reject oil development in its territory.

"You Know they are a self determining First Nation and a lot of our relatives are there, so that's their decision and that's fine with us. We will just have to basically consult internally on that and we received quite a good response from the hereditary chiefs but they have their own process, so as I say, we respect that."

Helin says the next step of his group's consultation process is to reach out to First Nations in Alberta.

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