Wednesday, August 8, 2012

 

BC Politics

Dix Rails Against Enbridge

Asks for petition signatures after northern BC tour

Voice Staff

 

n an internal memo leaked to the Voice Tuesday, BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix talks about his recent tour to communities that will be affected by the proposed Enbridge pipeline and Northern Gateway route which included a look at some of the tanker routes as well.

 

Dix said that he was accompanied by MLAs Gary Coons and Robin Austin.

 

"We were led on our trip by Art Sterritt, Executive Director of Coastal First Nations, Marven Robinson, Councillor of the Gitga’at Nation, and Doug Neasloss, Elected Chief of the Kitasoo/Xaixais," he said. "Travelling from Kitimat to Kitimat Village, Hartley Bay, Klemtu and Bella Bella, and places in between, I was struck by the generosity of the people, diversity and beauty of the environment, the abundance of marine wildlife, and the challenges of travelling on some of the most difficult and dangerous waterways in the world."

 

According to Dix, wherever he went, he ran into people against the pipeline.

"This opposition to Enbridge is grounded in concerns over the severe risks it poses to the environment and region's way of life and prospects," Dix said. "In addition, all communities in the region from the Haisla in Kitimaat Village to the Heltsiuk in Bella Bella have a strong commitment to economic development and jobs."


Dix said that people see the pipeline as a "threat and a not only to their environment, but to their economic development as well."

 

Dix was careful to include perspectives from both sides of the issue.

 

"Their view, surely as much as the view of oil companies, needs to be considered when we assess the national interest on the project."
 

In closing, Dix acknowledged what most northerners have been saying and came out against the project.


"Our determination to oppose Enbridge's application was strengthened by meeting some of the people most affected by the proposal and listening to their voices this past week."

 

Dix is asking people who are opposed to the pipeline to sign their online petition here. They are looking for 35,000 signatures and currently have just over 31,000.

 

See photos of the tour on Facebook here.

 

Keep connected with the BC NDP using their phone app here.

 

 

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