Facing the massive, extremely well funded campaign machine of Enbridge Northern Gateway, local Kitimat group Douglas Channel Watch has launched a door-to-door campaign of their own to oppose the Northern Gateway Pipeline in the upcoming Kitimat plebiscite. Incredibly, their district has removed financial caps on campaigning for the plebiscite and allowed temporary workers not from the region to vote in the poll. For more details on this stacked “democratic” process and Enbridge’s invasion of Kitimat, please read the Vancouver Observer’s article “Surreal Enbridge political campaign underway to sway Kitimat to “vote yes” to oil pipeline.”
You can view the Douglas Channel Watch website at dcw.nationbuilder.com. Their new website hosts a petition as well as a means to donate, get in touch and support their work. Congratulations and good luck DCW!
Want to know more about what happened in Alaska when the Exxon Valdez Spilled a supertanker of oil? How about what’s going on now? Come and see Riki Ott speak in Masset and Charlotte about her own experiences with clean-up and as an “incidental activist.” This event is supported by CoASt and the TBuck Suzuki Foundation.
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 7:00 pm
Queen B’s Cafe, 3208 Wharf Street
Thursday, August 16, 2012 7:00 pm
The Haven, Harrison Ave (above Green Gaia)
As reported on Northwest Coast Energy News, the Haisla Nation has filed a legal document outlining their opposition to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline. The central issue for the Haisla Nation is their sovereignty over their territory and their right to be properly consulted. It is a key question that both the Harper government and Enbridge have preferred to ignore in the hopes that constitutional issues will not beleaguer the pipeline’s progress. In addition, Enbridge’s original filing of questions to the Haisla and other nations reveal their attempt to discredit opponents of the pipeline.
With the completion of the Joint Review Panel process, now estimated for December 2013, these important questions of territorial rights and sovereignty will come into greater focus as the campaign to stop the pipeline enters the courts.
For Northwest Coast Energy News’ coverage of the Haisla announcement in three related articles, please see:
This letter was originally published in the Kitimat Daily Online. Click here to see it on their website.
CONTRIBUTION · 16th November 2011 An Open Letter to the President of Northern Gateway Pipeline
November 16, 2011
Open Letter to John Caruthers, President Northern Gateway Pipeline,
My name is Manny Arruda and this is the first time I have written an Open Letter. I am not affiliated with any organization, which is opposed to the Northern Gateway Pipeline. I use fuel in my vehicle, electricity in my home, natural gas in my furnace, and used to work in a petrochemical plant. I am not opposed to pipelines in general, however I am opposed to this pipeline project. Your proposed pipeline runs parallel to the upper Kitimat River and crosses over 219 rivers, creeks and drainages, in our valley, which lead into the Kitimat River and Estuary. I have the privilege of living, working, and playing in the Kitimat Valley, and have for the majority of my life. Continue reading →