Anti-Enbridge meeting Friday in Tlell

  • Jun. 8, 2011 1:00 p.m.

North and south islanders are hoping to unify and mobilize against the Enbridge pipelin A group of citizens are meeting halfway, in Tlell, this week to come up with a strong anti-Enbridge campaign, said Valine Crist. “We’re hoping to get a real grassroots campaign going,” she said, adding that everyone is feeling a sense of urgency about the Northern Gateway project, which would see a pipeline built from Alberta across to Kitimat. Increased tanker traffic in northern waters would result. The oilfree coast rally in Masset in May had a great turnout, Ms Crist said, with around 250 people marching with signs and high spirits. “People wanted to know what they could do next,” she said. So she’s inviting anyone interested to come to the meeting at the Naikoon Provincial Park office in Tlell at 7 pm on Friday June 10, to make a plan. Ms Crist says this is a real opportunity for Haida and non-Haida communities to come together. “There is a lot at stake and a lot to protect,” she said. She noted that another Enbridge pipeline spill took place in the Northwest Territories recently, which underlines the seriousness of this proposed project. Several Enbridge-related meetings are taking place around this time, she said, including meetings with MLA Gary Coons and energy campaigner Jennifer Rice of the T. Buck Suzuki Foundation earlier this week. On June 14, the Joint Review Panel conducting the review of the proposed project will hold a public information session about the decision-making process at the community hall in Queen Charlotte starting at 7 pm. Ms Crist says the panel will only consider information presented in a certain way, so her group is looking forward to learning how communities and councils can apply for status within the process. Also on June 14, at the Haida Gwaii Museum, a photography exhibit called RAVE, images from the proposed tanker route, will open and a film called SPOIL will start at 6 pm.

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