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NEWS RELEASE · 31st March 2014
Douglas Channel Watch
The District of Kitimat, BC, will be holding a plebiscite asking Kitimat residents if they approve the 209 Joint Review Panel (JRP) conditions for Enbridge's Northern Gateway dual pipeline and supertanker port proposal, on April 12th, 2014.

Many people in Kitimat have not read the 209 conditions. Douglas Channel Watch, a local citizens group which formed because of Enbridge's proposal and who had Intervenor status in the JRP hearings, has gathered several conditions from the JRP's final report and translated them into everyday English.

The plebiscite is worded in such a way that if a person disagrees with just one of the 209 conditions, they should be voting 'no' on the plebiscite. The JRP's conditions can be found at:

Condition #1) "Northern Gateway must comply with all of the certificate conditions, unless the NEB otherwise directs."

This means the National Energy Board can modify, or reduce the 209 conditions at a later date.

Condition #26) "Northern Gateway must notify the NEB within 14 days after any application is made to Service Canada...for the purposes of using Temporary Foreign Workers for Project construction."

This means, despite Enbridge's claims of jobs for Canadians, that Enbridge or its contractors can use temporary foreign workers to build the pipelines.

Condition #169) "Northern Gateway must file with the NEB for approval...a plan to lead, or jointly lead with other government and industry participants, a research program regarding the behavior and cleanup (including recovery) of heavy oils spilled in freshwater and marine aquatic environments."

This means Enbridge hasn't adequately researched what will happen after bitumen spills into BC's salmon rivers and BC's pristine north coast marine environment, or how they intend to try and clean up those spills.

Condition #187i) "Immediately after a catastrophic event, sales of Project assets used for transporting hydrocarbons will not be eligible as financial assurance instruments..."

This appears to mean that after "catastrophic" full bore pipeline ruptures, Enbridge cannot sell pipeline infrastructure to pay insurance claims.

"Douglas Channel Watch has been getting interview requests about this plebiscite from across Canada and from the BBC" said Douglas Channel Watch's Murray Minchin, "so you can bet Ottawa will be watching it closely. We believe this proposal is bad for Kitimat, bad for BC, and bad for Canada. We ask Kitimat to vote 'NO' so we can send a message back to Ottawa that they need to rethink their priorities".

District of Kitimat plebiscite;

Plebiscite question:
"Do you support the final report recommendations of the Joint Review Panel (JRP) of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and National Energy Board, that the Enbridge Northern Gateway project be approved, subject to 209 conditions set out in Volume 2 of the JRP's final report?"