Northern Gateway Pipeline
Ecojustice is opposing a new oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from northern Alberta to BC's coast and threaten inland and ocean ecosystems
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Ecojustice fights to stop a proposed oil pipeline that threatens ecosystems and puts B.C.'s coastline and communities at risk of a major oil spill.
Enbridge’s 1,176-km Northern Gateway pipeline would slice through dozens of fragile ecosystems and communities, piping tarry bitumen from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia where waiting supertankers would transport it to Asia for refining.
A long-standing moratorium on new tanker traffic has kept Canada’s west coast relatively safe from spills like the Exxon Valdez disaster. But the pipeline’s approval would pave the way for up to 255 new tankers to carry bitumen through the narrow passages of B.C.’s north coast to Asian markets each year. En route, the pipeline would cross hundreds of fish-bearing streams, rivers and lakes and disturb untouched tracts of wilderness and endangered animal habitat. It would also cut through the traditional territories of 40 First Nations and Aboriginal groups – many of which stand in opposition to the pipeline.
All Canadians will be affected by the decision to approve or deny the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, which is why Ecojustice’s involvement in this process is so important. Our lawyers are presenting evidence to a Joint Review Panel of the National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency that shows the pipeline is unsafe, unsustainable and unnecessary. Our goal is to ensure the threats to our water, air and land are known and scrutinized.
As technical hearings on Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline wind down, Ecojustice’s Tim Leadem reflects on what’s at stake.
More than five months into technical hearings on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, the National Energy Board panel tasked with reviewing the project will finally hear evidence on the risk the pipleine poses to British Columbia’s coastline.
Checking in on the Ecojustice team as it gears up for another round of review hearings on the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project.