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General · 22nd October 2012
Thanks to Vancouver Observer
A rally organized by Defend Our Coast is underway in Victoria this Monday morning to protest tanker traffic and the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Over 4800 people signed an online pledge to meet on the BC Legislature front lawn to make their voices heard.

The morning is brisk and beautiful and speakers include representatives from First Nations bands Tsleil Waututh, Saik’uz,and Wet’suwet’en and advocacy groups such as the Council of Canadians, Forest Action Network and No Tankers BC.

Editor's note: Didn't make it to Victoria? Come to Claire Trevena's constituency office this Wednesday (Oct 24) at 908 Island Highway and join in a solidarity rally against Enbridge's plans and tanker traffic on our coast. The rally starts at 12 noon sharp.

The protest, organized by a coalition called Defend Our Coast, has garnered support from more than 4800 people who signed its pledge to come to Victoria and "take bold action to defend Canada’s coasts, rivers, and communities from the threats of tar sands, pipelines, and tankers."

The Northern Gateway is a controversial pipeline project proposed to run from the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta to the north coast of BC. It would build a twin pipeline running from Bruderheim, Alberta, to Kitimat, BC.

The eastbound pipeline would import natural gas condensate and the westbound pipeline would export bitumen from the oil sands diluted with the condensate to the new marine terminal in Kitimat, where it would be transported to Asian markets by oil tankers. The project is currently under review from the National Energy Board, which is set to make a decision on whether or not the project will go ahead by the end of 2013.

The proposed pipeline has polarized BC politics. BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark has demanded a "fair share" of its profits for the environmental risks the pipeline could pose to BC's northern coast. Meanwhile, the BC NDP has taken a firm stance against Northern Gateway, asserting a "Made in BC" environmental assessment that would involve consideration for First Nations rights and environmental concerns.

For some background on Enbridge, check out Ray Grigg's latest article in Shades of Green.