Enbridge review panel will hold meetings in Old Massett, Skidegate

  • Feb. 10, 2012 7:00 a.m.

The joint review panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project has tentatively agreed to change the locations for the two hearings it will hold on Haida Gwaii at the end of the month. The Council of the Haida Nation had requested the locations be changed from Masset to Old Massett and from Queen Charlotte to Skidegate. In a Jan. 31 letter to the CHN, the panel said the change is fine as long as appropriate venues are available. The panel also agreed to give the CHN additional time to provide oral evidence at the Old Massett hearing, as long as the hearing stays within its time frame. The hearings are now scheduled for all day Feb. 28 in Old Massett, starting at 9 am, and the afternoon of Feb. 29 in Skidegate, starting at 1 pm. Queen Charlotte mayor Carol Kulesha said her community has asked the panel for permission to do an oral presentation. Queen Charlotte is participating in the process as a government participant, and doesn’t automatically get the right to address the panel, she said. “What I want to speak to is my experience as a fisher for 22 years and my concerns about crude oil spills,” Ms Kulesha said. “Our culture is, we all go out fishing and gather clams, we are all outdoor people and depend on the area around us.”