Victoria B.C. - The B.C. Green Party is calling the Federal Cabinet decision that approved Enbridge’s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline deeply troubling for democracy. The majority of British Columbians have consistently been opposed to the pipeline, as was reiterated with the latest Nanos poll, showing 67% opposition.
“The Federal Government continues to ignore the will of British Columbians,” says Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head and Deputy Leader of the B.C. Green Party. “The fact is, Kitimat is opposed to this project. First Nations are opposed to it. British Columbians are opposed to it. It’s time for the Provincial Government to draw a line in the sand, and reject the Northern Gateway project.”
With the failure of the Federal Government to represent the will of British Columbians, the spotlight is now on Premier Clark.
“The Federal Government is steamrolling this pipeline through the backyards of British Columbians.” says B.C. Green Party leader Adam Olsen. “Premier Clark can stop this pipeline. I am calling on her to do that today.”
Yesterday, Premier Clark reiterated that any heavy oil pipeline needs to meet her government’s five conditions, concluding that “Enbridge hasn’t met them yet.”
One of those conditions is a world-leading marine spill response regime. This is complicated by the fact that the tankers would be carrying diluted bitumen, a heavy oil that has been shown to sink when spilled in the ocean, making recovery more difficult.
The B.C. Green Party is the only party with a clear stance calling for a moratorium on tankers transporting this heavy oil, adding this as a sixth condition on top of B.C. Liberal’s existing five conditions.
The BC government has stated that they have the power to stop the Enbridge pipeline through the 60 required provincial government permits. Yet so far the government has largely sat on the sidelines, neglecting to make any concrete commitments one way or the other.
“This is no time for political dances and electoral calculations. This is our coast they are putting at risk. British Columbians expect Northern Gateway to be rejected by their provincial government, and we expect it today,” added Adam Olsen.
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