time to get involved!
OUR COAST! OUR DECISION!
NO PIPELINE! NO TANKERS!
RALLY MARCH 31 COMOX REC. CENTRE 1:00 P.M. 1855 NOEL AVE.
The National Energy Board Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project is holding hearings in Comox at the Comox Rec. Centre on March 30 and 31. People from every corner of Vancouver Island and southern BC are expected to converge at this two day event.
The Comox Valley chapters of the Council of Canadians and the Sierra Club are calling on all concerned British Columbians to stand up for:
– the environment,
– the rights of First Nations through whose lands the pipeline will pass,
– those whose livelihoods and way of life will be irreparably harmed by an oil spill, and
– our democratic right to participate in making the decisions which impact our land and waters.
As has been the case at previous sessions in Calgary, Edmonton and Northern BC the vast majority of the people who will address the Panel will be expressing their opposition to the Northern Gateway Project, an Enbridge pipeline from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat to facilitate tanker shipments to Asia, endangering the Great Bear Rain Forest and hundreds of rivers and streams as well as the waters of Douglas Channel and the coast.
The danger is very real. The Polaris Institute reported in 2008 that Enbridge’s own data revealed 610 spills from Enbridge pipelines from 1999 to 2008. In July 2010 there was a spill in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan which the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports as “the largest inland oil spill in Midwest history”, of at least 3,360,000 litres of oil. The cleanup of that spill is not yet completed.
People are asked to bring their own signs and to wear blue to symbolize the ocean waters that we are bound to protect. Speakers at the rally include local environmental activists as well as representative of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union and the Dogwood Initiative which has spearheaded the No Tankers campaign.
“With both the Harper and Clark governments pushing for less regulation and environmental protection so that mining and other resource extraction projects can be fast-tracked, and doing it without our permission”, said Mike Bell of the Sierra Club, “it’s time to make our voices heard”.
Gwyn Frayne, local spokesperson for the Council of Canadians, called on everyone to “stand against pipelines and tankers, stand up to Big Oil and Gas, stand with indigenous communities, stand up for future generations, and ensure that the Northern Gateway Project is defeated.”
Other organizations and individuals locally as well as in other Island communities, including the Wilderness Committee and Dogwood Initiative are organizing for a large convergence in Comox on March 31.