Stop Destroying Indigenous Land With Environmentally Toxic Pipeline

Target: François Poirier, President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Energy

Goal: Demand that aquatic wildlife and Indigenous land be protected and preserved during construction of a natural gas pipeline.

The Coastal GasLink pipeline is a current construction project underway in northern British Columbia that will supply Canada with an abundant source of natural gas. This project—which is highly contentious—poses severe threats to the surrounding environment, local indigenous communities, and wildlife. The 6700 kilometer pipeline is set to cross about 625 streams, rivers, lakes, and creeks—disrupting many vital fish and aquatic animal habitats.

Since its start in 2019, Coastal GasLink has been issued over 50 warnings and numerous fines for reported non-compliance with the conditions of the company’s environmental permit. Most of these warnings relate to the company’s seemingly blatant failure to protect sensitive environments—including waterways and wetlands—from sediment, erosion, and pollution release. The pipeline will have significant effects on wildlife—including reducing the productivity of aquatic ecosystems and killing endangered fish eggs.

Built on unceded land, this project has also threatened Indigenous peoples, including those of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. The pipeline plans were drawn up without consent from the Wet’suwet’en people, who have lived in these territories their whole lives. Since the start of this project, several Wet’suwet’en members have been arrested for peaceful protests against Coastal GasLink and have filed a lawsuit for alleged mistreatment by officers and other on-site officials.

Sign this petition to demand Coastal GasLink honor the conditions of its environmental permit and make more compassionate decisions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Executive Officer Poirier,

Since its start in 2019, the Coastal GasLink pipeline construction project in northern British Columbia has already violated the conditions of its environmental permit over 50 times. The majority of these warnings pertain to your company’s failure to protect sensitive waterways and wetlands from harmful pollution, sediment, and erosion. As a result, your operations are threatening aquatic ecosystems and destroying precious wildlife. In addition, the construction of this pipeline through Wet’suwet’en Nation territories without consent is extremely disrespectful, and many members have already been affected by your decisions—having been arrested for peaceful protests and allegedly mistreated.

We are asking you, Mr. Poirier, to stop disregarding our local ecosystems and communities and take more precautions to reduce the environmental impact of your company’s operations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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