Enbridge deadline coming up

  • Sep. 23, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Volunteers will be going door-to-door between now and early October to encourage islanders to speak out against Enbridge. At the most recent Communities Against Supertankers meeting held in Tlell on Sept. 16, concerned citizens decided to hit the streets to encourage others to sign up as speakers at the upcoming Joint Review Panel hearings. Jaalen Edenshaw, one of the participants, said the deadline to register as an oral presenter is 11 am on Oct. 6. The hearings are islanders’ only chance to speak directly to the three-person panel that will be assessing the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project for the federal government. “We’re hoping to get as many people from the islands to sign up so they will have to have a hearing here, hopefully in Masset and Skidegate,” he said. The proposed pipeline would transport tar sands oil across Alberta and BC to the port at Kitimat, where it would be loaded into supertankers headed for markets in China.The dates and locations of the panel hearings have not been released. Those interested can register online at gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca. Those who register can cancel later if they decide not to participate. CoASt is also planning to have a film festival, tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12 and 13, with films such as White Water Black Gold and spOIL. They’ll also include some of the films put together by First Nations in response to the Northern Gateway proposal, such as a film created by the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Mr. Edenshaw said the group is looking for volunteers to go door to door. Anyone interested can contact Jenny at 626 5140.