Douglas Channel Watch Launches New Website

DCW WebsiteFacing 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  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!

Think Tankers: Riki Ott Speaks About the Exxon Valdez Spill in Haida Gwaii

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.


Queen Charlotte

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)

Download the poster HG Think Tankers.

Haisla File Important Legal Document with JRP Outlining Nation’s Opposition


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:

Haisla Nation confirms it opposes Northern Gateway, demands Ottawa veto Enbridge pipeline; First Nation also outlines “minimum conditions” if Ottawa approves the project

The Empire Strikes Back I: Enbridge takes on First Nations, small intervenors

The Enbridge Empire Strikes Back II: The Haisla “fishing expedition”

Haisla outline where they believe Enbridge Gateway plans are inadequate

Haisla outline conditions, concerns for Northern Gateway project

An Open Letter to the President of Northern Gateway Pipeline From a Resident of Kitimat

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
M. Arruda
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.
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