Target: New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant
Goal: Oppose the building of a pipeline through indigenous lands.
Aboriginal people living in New Brunswick, Canada have voiced their opposition to a proposed oil pipeline that will run through their lands. The Wolastoq Grand Council and their Chief, Ron Tremblay, are unanimously opposed to the Energy East pipeline project, which will cut across New Brunswick to Saint John, the province’s largest city.
The proposed pipeline would transport roughly 1.1 million barrels of crude oil a day from Alberta, and would be constructed along the Saint John River watershed. In fact, members of the Maliseet Nation said that the pipeline will cross more than 200 bodies of water in their territory. The potential ecological damage to the river and the flora and fauna dependent upon it would be substantial in the event of a leak or spill.
Energy East spokespersons claim that technologies will be applied to ensure that the pipeline is underwater and will pose a minimal threat. However, Chief Tremblay and his supporters have said that nothing will convince them to support the pipeline. Sign this position and convince the New Brunswick premier to honor the obligations he has to the aboriginal people and the safety of their land.
Dear Premier Gallant,
The proposed Energy East pipeline project will run through the protected lands of the indigenous Wolastoq people, against their wishes. Their Grand Council has already spoken out against the construction of this pipeline through their native homelands in your province, as have numerous other figures across Canada.
The potential for pollution and contamination from any accident or spill is enormous, as the pipeline will cross over 200 bodies of water, including the Saint John River. This would be catastrophic for the area’s flora and fauna, as well as the condition of the river itself.
I urge you to respect the position of the native Wolastoq people, as well as the position of many of your peers in government, and oppose the construction of the Energy East pipeline in New Brunswick.
[Your Name Here]
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