Pipeline protest set for Monday in Prince George
On Monday, July 9 at 5 p.m. British Columbians and First Nations from along the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline route will gather at the Prince George Courthouse where demonstrators will begin a march to the Civic Centre where the Joint Review Panel (JRP) hearings will be taking place.
All residents of Prince George and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend.
Members of the public will be presenting oral statements in front of the semi-judicial, three-person panel that is reviewing the project. Over 4,000 Canadians have signed up to speak in front of the JRP, which is an unprecedented number not seen in the history of the Canadian Environmental Assessment process.
The march will end with a demonstration rally outside the JRP hearings which is in solidarity with those who are raising their voices to oppose the project.
If approved, the proposed pipeline will move over 525,000 barrels of oil per day over an 1,172 km route which includes treacherous Coastal Mountain landscapes in British Columbia.
“As indigenous people and care takers of this land I believe we have a duty and a responsibility to protect our land, water and air for the future generations, we have to demonstrate our opposition to this project and use every legal means necessary to stop it” said Terry Teegee, Vice- Tribal Chief, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.
“As British Columbians and as Canadians we are left with no other alternatives but to demonstrate against this pipeline, especially after Bill C-38 passed Parliamentary approval by the majority Conservative Government, we need to take back democracy and show Prime Minister Harper we will not risk our water ways and coastal landscapes to imminent spills caused by big oil companies” said Josh DeLeenheer of the Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance.
The event is being organized by the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and the Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance.
For more information about these organizations, please visit their websites www.carriersekani.ca and www.sea2sands.ca