We are very pleased to see the government turn down the Northern Gateway Pipeline. It comes at a cost: Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion and Line 3. There is still more work to be done.
Please see the new Press Release from the Council of the Haida Nation on Trudeau’s announcement. According to CHN President Peter Lantin:
“There has to be a better government-to-government consultation process to deal with these projects before they get rolling,” said Lantin. “Avoiding this type of confrontation through frank dialogue will result in more common ground. Protecting the coast and the waters surrounding Haida Gwaii is paramount for our Nation. But within this framework there is room to develop practical solutions and resolve issues nation-to-nation and to do that we have to talk.”
Please read this open letter from the Council to the Haida Nation regarding the efforts companies like Enbridge are making to buy people off from First Nations communities in order to push their pipeline through.
Have you heard the radio call from the Exxon Valdez? The audio of the tanker captain’s call for help over the radio is the opening soundtrack for a 2 minute awareness ad for the campaign against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, and the expansion of tanker traffic on the coast of BC. The ad gives us statistics on the potential impact of a spill like the Exxon Valdez in Canada, for example, costing 4,379 jobs, and $21.4 Billion dollars to clean up (biologists monitoring the ecosystems in Alaska point out that the Valdez spill was never fully cleaned up and that oil can still be found by digging a few feet into the sand of some beaches. See Lingering Oil). Set to the Sounds of Silence by Paul Simon, the video is a reminder to us of what is at stake in pursuing a resource-based industry in Canada.
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: