For some time we have been under the threat of Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project with all its risks of oil pollution and destruction of marine habitat on our coast. We have good reason to fear the world’s largest tankers travelling through Douglas Channel almost daily. The Joint Review Panel held interveners to a higher standard of proof than Northern Gateway. Almost everyone who presented to the JRP was against this project. It was resoundingly rejected in a plebiscite by the citizens of Kitimat.
It came as no surprise that Stephen Harper’s Government gave its approval, but we can still stop Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project!
There are eighteen legal challenges that have been made by eight First Nations (on the basis of Aboriginal Rights and Title), four environmental groups (on incomplete and erroneous assessments affecting the environment), and a labour union for, among other things, “failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions and other upstream environmental impacts associated with oil sands”.
On October 1-2 and 5-8, 2015, the legal challenges to the approval of Northern Gateway are scheduled to be heard at the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver.
The challengers have worked hard to get ready to be heard in court, and they represent those of us who can’t be with them. They will soon be facing Enbridge and our own government in an effort to overthrow the fool-hardy decision. Please encourage and support them.
Douglas Channel Watch
NB More information may be found at the website of West Coast Environmental Law: http://wcel.org/sites/default/files/2015-07-16%20Backgrounder%20on%20Applicant%20arguments%20in%20Enbridge%20JR%20(final).pdf