Enbridge approved

  • Jun. 17, 2014 5:00 a.m.

CHN says it won’t happen; court action to followThe federal government gave the green light to Enbridge’s highly controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project Tuesday afternoon, a move that galvanized those opposed to it, including the Council of the Haida Nation. “We will not allow the Northern Gateway tanker and pipeline project to proceed,” CHN president Peter Lantin said, “we will take our fight to the land, sea, and courts to uphold and protect Haida territory, and to ensure clean water, clean air and a healthy way of life for future generations.” Mr. Lantin also said in a press release that the process that led to the decision is fundamentally flawed. “Our people, along with First Nations, municipalities and people from across BC have said ‘no’ to this project,” Mr. Lantin said, “we will not stand aside and allow corporate and foreign interests to irreparably harm the environment, our cultures and our way of life.” In a telephone interview with the Observer, Mr. Lantin said “it makes it seem like everything the Joint Review Panel did here on Haida Gwaii, everything we said, will not be considered in this project. They did not address any of the concerns of Haida Gwaii. It seems like the voice of Haida Gwaii has been silenced on this project. Now, we go to court. And, we’re ready for it.”He also said if there’s a silver lining in the decision, it’s that it is bringing BC First Nations together.”We are going to do whatever we can and whatever we have to, to protect Haida Gwaii waters. All of Haida Gwaii should have confidence that we’re going to fight every step of the way,” he said. More in the Observer on Thursday.

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