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Kitimat Residents gathered at the City Centre Mall Parking Lot on Sunday, June 24th for a protest rally against Enbridge. The crowd was well into 150 strong. Several speakers had been lined up to speak / perform, the first was MLA Robin Austin.
Austin was quick to point out there have been three oil spills this month from Enbridge. The recent spill being diluted bitumen.
“There are no good reasons for this project to happen and all of us here, in the Northwest, I think we understand that,” said Austin. “Enbridge right now is spending a whole whack of money. You’ve seen the ads on television, you’ve heard the radio ads, the big ads in the Vancouver papers, the Montréal papers, the Toronto paper. They claim this project will bring thousands of jobs. The future of Canada. The only way there will be thousands of jobs is if there is an oil spill and we have to have thousands of people coming here to try and take it out and that is an impossible task so we must fight and keep this fight going.
Austin asked where the Premier of BC, Christy Clark, was on this issue. He asked people to put pressure on the premier because they are being silent.
“The people of British Columbia are saying no to Enbridge and it’s time the Priemier joined forces with them and represented them,” said Austin.
He pointed out that City Councils across the province are saying no to Enbridge and he hoped the local Council would take the time to debate their stance on Enbridge Oil, as other Councils have made their decision.
“This is more then about us, this is about our eco system.”
The Spirit of the Kitlope was out to drum and ended with a solo by Cody Robinson. There were several other speeches.
Murray Minchin pointed out Enbridge has promised there will not be a spill during the lifetime of the pipeline, which is defined at 30 years. Many recent large spills have come from pipelines older then 40 years.
Between presentations, the rally took to the road under RCMP escort and walked around City Centre Mall. According to Minchin, it was the first time Kitimat residents had marched since the 60s.