started this petition to
Richard Neufeld, Q.C.,
Liberal Party of Canada,
Green Party of Canada,
Justin Trudeau - Leader: Liberal Party of Canada,
Leona Aglukkaq - Environment Minister of Canada,
Mary Polak - Environment Minister of British Columbia
On Oct. 19th, Canada elected a majority Liberal government headed by new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau and the Liberals have committed to scrapping Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. Thank you to the millions of Canadians who voted for change, both in leadership style and in environmental policy. While we'll continue to need to press the government on various environmental issues, regarding this proposed project and the pledge to scrap it, we have great reason to celebrate, especially on BC's North Coast. We did it!
Update: May 5, 2015 - NDP win majority in Alberta election; Premier-elect Notley pledges to drop province's support for Northern Gateway Pipeline.
Update: June 17, 2014 - Northern Gateway Pipeline approved with 209 conditions - CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/northern-gateway-pipeline-approved-with-209-conditions-1.2678285
Update: Jan. 17, 2014 - Environmental Groups Respond to Northern Gateway Report, File Lawsuit to Block Pipeline Approval - desmog.ca: http://desmog.ca/2014/01/17/environmental-groups-respond-northern-gateway-report-file-lawsuit-block-pipeline-approval
Update: Dec 19, 2013 - Panel recommends approval for Northern Gateway pipeline, with conditions - Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/northern-gateway-pipeline/article16056689/
Update: Nov. 5, 2013 - BC's Clark and Alberta's Redford reach pipeline deal - Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/clark-redford-reach-deal-on-pipelines/article15260483/
Update: May 31, 2013 - BC rejects Northern Gateway over environmental concerns - CTV: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-rejects-northern-gateway-project-over-environmental-concerns-1.1305479
Update: May 7, 2013 - Enbridge breaks safety rules at pipeline pump stations across Canada - CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/05/05/pol-enbridge-breaks-neb-safety-rules.html
BC's Great Bear Rainforest (the world's largest remaining coastal temperate rainforest) is under siege. On June 17, 2014 the Canadian federal government approved the 1170 km long Northern Gateway pipeline with 209 conditions (1) to pump crude, unrefined bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat, on British Columbia's north coast. It would be built by Enbridge, a company that has been responsible for over 800 oil spills, since 1999 (2). This pipeline would cross many rivers, the Rocky Mountains and pristine wilderness. Much of this area is home to First Nations people. Oil tankers would collect and ship the raw crude to China (the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter).
We can stop this irresponsible development - BC's First Nations have a constitutional right to be consulted - and this hasn’t adequately been met. New documents reveal that the government knows that it can't address the legitimate concerns of First Nations from the area at risk.
Let Canada's government know that the voices of First Nations will never be silenced. Add your voice to the call to uphold the legal rights of the traditional custodians of the land and stop this reckless project from being built. It's not a matter of IF an oil spill would happen, but WHEN!
An oil spill would have devastating effects on the region and its native species. One species at great risk is the official mammal of BC (3), the Kermode or "Spirit" Bear, a genetically unique, white Black Bear possessing a recessive gene. With fewer than 400 of these bears left in the wild, they're rarer than China's Giant Pandas. In 1987, the Valhalla Wilderness Society started the Spirit Bear conservancy campaign and, along with many others including Simon Jackson's Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, were successful in 2006 in protecting over 1/2 million acres of habitat from clearcut logging. Protection never would've happened without the full support of the Kitasso Xai'xais & Gitga'at First Nations.
Now a larger threat looms for the Spirit Bear. Giant tankers plan to bring bitumen to Asia via the proposed Enbridge pipeline from Alberta's tar sands. Given the narrow marine channels, huge Pacific storms and the risk of Tsunamis & Earthquakes (4) in the Spirit Bear's homeland, an inevitable oil spill would devastate fragile marine ecosystems for decades to come, including salmon and other marine life that bears depend on. Such a catastrophic spill would also destroy the traditional livelihoods of First Nations communities and others in the area, representing millions of dollars of loss annually. We can't afford to have another Exxon-Valdez like spill or any major spill off the BC coast.
The BC government on May 31, 2013 came out in opposition to Gateway. However, on Nov. 5, Premier Clark reached a framework deal with Alberta on building pipelines to the BC coast (5). Please sign & share the petition and call for a permanent tanker ban off BC's north coast, protection of fish habitat and let Ottawa and Victoria know that the destructive Northern Gateway pipeline will NEVER be built.The time is NOW to speak out for a healthy environment, sustainable economy and for a government that stands for all Canadians, not just for corporate elite!Sources:(1): Northern Gateway Pipeline approved with 209 conditions - CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/northern-gateway-pipeline-approved-with-209-conditions-1.2678285(2): Out on the Tar Sands Mainline - Mapping Enbridge's Web of Pipelines: http://www.tarsandswatch.org/files/Updated%20Enbridge%20Profile.pdf(3): B.C. SPIRT BEAR NAMED OFFICIAL PROVINCIAL MAMMAL http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2005-2009/2006OTP0065-000366.htm(4): Geological Survey identifies Tsunami hazard, possible fault line in Douglas Channel: http://nwcoastenergynews.com/2012/09/18/3753/geological-survey-identifies-tsunami-hazard-fault-line-douglas-channel/(5): BC and Alberta reach pipeline deal - Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/clark-redford-reach-deal-on-pipelines/article15260483/* Photo credit: Spirit Bear by Simon Jackson - Spirit Bear Youth Coalition Founder
Posted: 1 February 2012 (Updated: 20 October 2015)