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NEWS RELEASE · 27th October 2011
Dear Enbridge, Don’t Call Us Hypocrites: Municipal Election Candidates Say Northern British Columbians Are Committed to Sustainable Transportation

New report shows governments at all levels must lead the way in removing barriers to sustainable transportation, while opposing unsustainable projects like the Enbridge Gateway pipeline.

SMITHERS, B.C. – A new report by environmental group ForestEthics counters claims by Enbridge CEO, Patrick Daniel, that residents who oppose the Gateway pipeline are hypocrites because they use light switches and cook their food. Patrick made the comments to investors during Enbridge’s 2011 AGM in Calgary.

“Northern residents of BC are not hypocrites,” says Phil Brienesse, a candidate for Council in Smithers. “Residents can oppose projects that threaten our rivers, like the Enbridge pipeline, while also seeking more sustainable transportation options. There’s nothing wrong with that. The two go hand-in-hand.” 

The report looks at sustainable transportation options that could and are working in Northern communities like Smithers, Prince Rupert and Terrace. Case studies and profiles include car share programs, and municipal investments in active transportation, like bike routes.

"This report shows the individual commitments northern British Columbians are willing to make to be less reliant on fossil fuels for transportation,” says Jennifer Rice, a City Councillor candidate in Prince Rupert. “It’s time governments at all levels lead the way in providing solutions to reducing our carbon footprint on a broader scale.”

Critics of the Enbridge Gateway pipeline say it poses an extreme risk to local salmon-bearing rivers, and would make a major contribution to the climate change already devastating Northern BC communities in the form of Mountain Pine Beetle infestations and impacts on snow and water levels.

“Enbridge wants to keep us addicted to oil so that they can go on making profits at the expense of our communities and the environment. But many of us in rural areas are looking for solutions to reduce our use of oil,” says Nikki Skuce, Senior Energy Campaigner with ForestEthics. “We’re ready for leadership that builds community and leads us in the right direction.”

According to the report, oil companies received approximately $198 million from residents in the communities from Prince Rupert to Prince George in 2007.
Comment by al on 27th October 2011
Hey Patrick Daniel,
how much fuel does your fleet of trucks,bulldozers,graders, excavators and so on consume in a year, how much fuel does your shipping company use to sail their crude, and I mean crude oil around the planet, how much fuel does your personal jet use, never mind the people under you that fly all over ma earth.when was the last time you rode your bike to work or walked to the store
I saw two people riding their bikes to work this morning, walked to the grocery store myself
Kitmat is a town full of trails, miles of sidewalks and a large population of healthy people and one of the best rain forest areas in the world
Come on down for the summer, go drifting, walk the sidewalks, ride the trails,maybe go for a sail in the Douglas, meet the people and live their life, oh motors in the KITIMAT RIVER
you really think we want to see all that taken away for corporate greed..........really