BC’s Great Bear Rainforest (the world’s largest remaining coastal temperate rainforest) is under siege! Plans endorsed by Canada’s Government are underway to build the 1170 km long Northern Gateway pipeline 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. 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 going ahead. It’s not a matter of IF an oil spill would happen, but WHEN!
While Stephen Harper’s Government openly supports building the pipeline, the BC government has recently outlined several requirements for approval. We have until Dec. 31, 2013 to influence the final decision during the review, which demands Enbridge to table the US NTSB report on the 2010 Kalamazoo spill as evidence. Please sign & share the petition and call for a permanent tanker ban off BC’s north coast, protection of fish habitat and tell Ottawa and Victoria that the destructive Northern Gateway pipeline should NOT be approved.
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!