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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 1,177-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.

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Posted by fred washburn at Nov 17, 2012 09:09 AM
enbridge has too many oil spills and never clean them up proper

Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline

Posted by Norman Gibson at May 17, 2013 10:21 AM
Fees that Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline should be required to pay the Government of British Columbia

I believe there are two types of fees that Enbridge should be required to pay the Government of British Columbia should a decision be made to approve the construction of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline: essential fees and royalties/taxes.

Essential Fees

The following are some of the most important fees that the Government of British Columbia should charge Enbridge. These fees must not be considered as a source of profit for the Province. The Government of British Columbia must have a 100% guarantee that these fees, whatever their eventual dollar amount may be, will be paid by Enbridge.

-An annual lease fee for the use of Crown land in the construction and operation of the pipeline
-All costs associated with oil spills from the pipeline and tankers
-All costs associated with removing the pipeline and restoring the land used by Enbridge for the project to an acceptable standard as set by the Government of British Columbia when the pipeline is no longer needed
-Fair compensation to the residents of British Columbia for having the project constructed in their province
-Fair compensation to the First Nations regarding the construction and operation of the project

If Enbridge cannot meet all of the above requirements, they should not be given permission to proceed with the project.


Any royalties and/or taxes that Enbridge is to pay the Government of British Columbia should be considered to be any amounts over and above the essential fees.
In years to come, should the project proceed, the people of British Columbia should not have to pay billions and billions of dollars for unexpected costs associated with the project.

Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline

Posted by Kitsilano at Nov 27, 2013 09:35 AM
We in our Band (a self-started Province wide Indian Band) stand opposed to these projects as the main position taken against global over population and environmental damage caused by the 'religion' of consumerism.

No money can atone for or would be able to repair the damage of an accident. No money is worth the damage done to the water by the extraction of the fuels and there is no value in exporting the products overseas so they can then ship commodities to western markets.

The world must return to an agricultural economy which strives to shelter and nourish the minimum population that the Planet can provide for without causing damage to the global ecology
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