Target: Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver
Goal: To halt construction of the tar sands Northern Gateway Pipeline through British Columbia and Alberta.
Recent victories against the Keystone XL Pipeline that would ship tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast of the US have been an inspiration, and now we must tackle the next dangerous arm of the tar sands, the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Construction of the Northern Gateway Pipeline threatens the fragile ecosystems of British Columbia, would contribute incredible amounts of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, and would cross the territories of numerous indigenous Canadians who have all shown fierce opposition to the project.
Enbridge, the company responsible for last year’s oil spill on the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, is attempting to construct two pipelines running from the Alberta tar sands to the port of Kitimat, on the pristine coastline of British Columbia. One pipeline would export tar sands oil while the other would import the copious amounts of natural gas required for tar sands mining.
The pipeline would cross almost 800 waterways on its 1,500 kilometer journey to the Pacific and would cut through the Great Bear Rain Forest of British Columbia. This incredible rain forest is home to numerous endangered and rare species including the spirit bear, an all white genetic anomaly that exists no where else on earth. The Great Bear rain forest is one of the last places on earth where a wild forest meets a wild and unspoiled ocean, and therefore is extremely unique and irreplaceable. Oil tankers leaving from the port of Kitimat would have to navigate treacherous, winding, and narrow channels through the bay before entering the sea, and one tanker spill would decimate this region. The pipeline would cut through the unceded territories of indigenous nations in British Columbia. The people of this region have been clear in saying that they do not support the pipeline and that they are willing to assert their rights and title to their ancestral territories in order to to prevent its construction. Additionally, the project would contribute the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions of adding 1.6 million cars to the road, and would facilitate increased mining for tar sands oil, considered the dirtiest industrial project on the planet.
With recent setbacks delaying the Keystone XL Pipeline, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver want to fast track the Northern Gateway Pipeline to ensure that tar sands oil will still have a route for fast global export. Fast tracking of the pipeline would move the regulatory process ahead of schedule, and would lead to quicker approval of the project while side-stepping environmental and safety regulations and ignoring the rights of Canada’s indigenous people.
By signing the petition below you are telling Canadian Natural Resources Minister Oliver that you believe the Northern Gateway Pipeline is a detrimental move for the health of life in Canada and across the planet.
Dear Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver,
The Northern Gateway Pipeline is a step in the wrong direction for the future of Canada and the world. The pipeline ignores the rights and wishes of many indigenous nations whose territory it would cross. It would threaten the culture and way of life for the people of British Columbia by crossing nearly 800 waterways and interfering with threatened salmon runs. A recent article in National Geographic highlighted the Great Bear Rain Forest of British Columbia as one of the most unique and pristine ecosystems on the planet, yet this pipeline would cut a swath right through the center of the rain forest and spoil a true national treasure.
The geography of the land of the proposed route as well as the winding channels that tankers would be forced to navigate all demonstrate how unsafe and volatile this pipeline would be. Additionally, Enbridge’s safety and spill record has proven it will not be a reliable and accountable partner in this project.
Construction of the Northern Gateway Pipeline would contribute massive volumes of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere and contribute to our planet’s changing climate. We are at a juncture where Canada must choose the sort of energy future it wishes to see. By encouraging the continued development of tar sands extraction in Alberta this project will detract from building jobs and infrastructure in renewable energy. The people of Canada and the world have made it clear that they do not wish to see expansion of the tar sands or the development of tar sands infrastructure.
Pushing to fast track this project would side-step important environmental and safety regulations and ignore the rights of indigenous people of British Columbia. Please do not fast track construction of the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
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