Major Victory Against Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in British Columbia
In a powerful victory for First Nations and activists, the Northern Gateway Pipeline has been defeated (though not officially dead yet). According to Climate Ark,
The decision means it is highly unlikely the Northern Gateway pipeline — intended to carry Alberta’s filthy tar sand bitumen to China – will commence any time soon. Ecological Internet is pleased to have successfully been the first to lead international opposition to the project, achieving with many others the second major delay to the flawed proposal. Concerns expressed over the inability to cleanup spilled bitumen in water apply equally to the flawed Keystone XL pipeline, for which President Obama is now clear to deny approval. One down, one to go!
According to Pacific Wild, over 160 First Nations, along with ” 31 municipal governments, 2 regional districts, the Union of B.C. Municipalities, 6 unions and over 250,000 individual public actions have openly expressed opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project.”
Yesterday’s Vancouver Sun reported, “Gateway Fails Yet Again to Sell Its Pipeline to British Columbians“:
For better or worse, people here have never been overly concerned about getting Alberta bitumen to their coast. Or about securing export markets for the oil.
They’ve been unswayed by promises of 3,000 B.C. construction jobs, 560 long-term jobs and $1.2 billion in tax revenue for the province over 30 years.
What they do fret about is pipeline safety and the company’s liability for any spills.
They’ve been vexed at the prospect of oil tanker operations out of Kitimat, which is slightly inland from the coast, and wonder how an impasse with B.C.’s aboriginal people will be resolved.
Enbridge needed to focus specifically on those issues because, ultimately, it’s British Columbians who will decide Northern Gateway’s future.
The Harper government, of course, will be free to endorse the project even if the review panel turns thumbs down.
But it’s unlikely the Conservatives would ignore public opinion in a province where they hold so many seats, especially when federal New Democrats and Liberals oppose Gateway.
Read full story here.
Defenders of the Spirit Bear Coast of British Columbia and the hundreds of pristine waterways — 726 in all — the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline would cross if allowed — have used emailed comments, citizen testimony, public protest, scientific and technical testimony, and more to win this major victory. In another story this June coming out of Canada, Green Party leader David Coon publicly defended shale gas protesters using another tactic — nonviolent civil disobedience — for its storied history:
“It’s what led to the end of the ravage of the old growth forests in British Columbia in the Canadian context. It helped end the incredible segregation that once existed in the United States and drove the British out of India and so on.”
Energy and Mines Minister Craig Leonard also said this week people are free to protest as long as it’s peaceful.
The RCMP arrested three people on Wednesday at an anti-shale gas protest on Route 126.
Read full story here.