Target: Lax Kw’alaams Band Mayor Garry Reece
Goal: Praise members of indigenous tribe who refused huge cash settlement to allow a natural gas pipeline on their land.
A Canadian indigenous tribe turned down a $960 million bribe to allow the construction of a massive natural gas pipeline through their lands, as well as a processing facility. For the 3,600-member Lax Kw’alaams Band, this would have amounted to about $267,000 per person. In spite of this, the tribe’s representatives voted unanimously against it, stating that “[t]his is not a money issue: this is environmental and cultural.”
This new pipeline is another among a long list of proposed new gas and oil pipelines going from Canada to the United States. They pose serious environmental threats as many existing pipelines have already sprung leaks, gushing harmful substances into the soil, air, and water. Oil and natural gas alike can poison both humans and animals and cause a substantial disruption to the natural ecosystems nearby.
In spite of the fact that many indigenous tribes struggle with poverty, the Lax Kw’alaams Band is refusing to be bought and is instead standing up for what is right for them and the land that is rightfully theirs. By signing this petition, you’ll send your support to the members of this tribe for holding strong in the face of immense corporate pressure to allow this destructive and dangerous gas pipeline to be built.
Dear Mayor Reece,
I understand that you were recently offered $960 million to allow the construction of a natural gas pipeline through your lands by the energy corporation Petronas. I wanted to send you my thanks and my support for turning them down until they can reduce the project’s environmental footprint and find a way to properly respect your tribe’s land and culture.
It couldn’t have been easy to turn down such a large sum of money, and I’m sure there are additional outside pressures to allow yet another natural gas pipeline to be constructed for the purpose of transporting this dangerous substance from Canada to the U.S. Your refusal to lower your standards may have stopped future pipe leaks–which are quite common among these pipelines–from happening. You’re an inspiration to all environmental advocates who are fighting for better protection of the Earth.
Thank you for doing the right thing for the environment. You have my full support in your fight to both prevent environmental harm and demand the proper respect of the land that belongs to you and the cultural significance that it holds.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Jonathan Wilkins