NEWS RELEASE · 29th June 2010
Haisla First Nation
Enbridge Blocking First Nation's Comments on Sufficiency of Pipeline Application
The Haisla First Nation is firing back after Enbridge urged the federal government to ignore First Nations input on the sufficiency of the company's recent Northern Gateway Pipeline application.
The Haisla have written to the National Energy Board (NEB) and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) expressing concern that Enbridge wants government to overlook its constitutional obligation to consult First Nations.
"We are deeply concerned at the disrespect Enbridge has shown for our rights," said Haisla Councillor Gerald Amos. "Enbridge is acting in bad faith by interfering in our Nation's government-to-government relationship with the Crown."
Enbridge submitted its application for the Northern Gateway Pipeline in May to the Joint Review Panel (JRP) process headed by the NEB and CEAA. The panel must determine whether Enbridge's application is sufficiently complete to initiate the review process.
In a June 17 letter, Enbridge's legal counsel urged the JRP determine the sufficiency of Enbridge's application without considering information from the Haisla.
"The Haisla have a right to be consulted at every phase of the assessment process and that includes commenting on the sufficiency of Enbridge's application," said Haisla Chief Councillor Dolores Pollard.
The Haisla intend to submit a letter in the coming months commenting on the specific deficiencies of Enbridge's application.
The proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta to an oil tanker port near Kitimat, in Haisla traditional territory.