No Pipeline, Period
BC Greens say
Enbridge spill response plans lack, cite poor record
Released by Rebecca Help, BC Green Party
BC Liberals laid out conditions their government will impose before heavy
oil pipelines are approved. The five conditions sounded like tacit approval
for the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. The BC Conservatives support the
pipeline under similar conditions.
The BC NDP is opposed to the pipeline and are consulting
lawyers to see if the project can be stopped if approved by the Joint Review
"BC Greens oppose
the Northern Gateway project," says Leader Jane Sterk. "We stand
with the local communities and First Nations who overwhelmingly
oppose this pipeline and the accompanying tanker traffic along BC's
wild and fragile coast.
"Our position is grounded in the need to transition off fossil
fuels, not enable unsustainable expansion. There is no condition
under which we see a benefit to BC.
"Enbridge does not have the required social license to operate in
BC. Their record of spills on existing pipelines, their inability to
respond when spills occur and the inadequacy of clean up efforts
should eliminate them from any consideration.
"Greens believe in decentralized decision-making whereby local
rather than provincial or federal support would determine the
approval of resource development. Approval would be grounded in
cumulative impacts. The prime benefits of the projects need to
accrue to local communities and the surrounding region.
"A BC Green government would say no to the Northern Gateway
Pipeline. We stand with the overwhelming majority of presenters to
the Joint Review Panel who are saying no at each of the community
hearings. We stand with the majority of British Columbians who
reject this project for precautionary reasons.
"As Terry Lake indicated, BC's opportunity to say no comes with the
need to issue permits for hundreds of land crossings. Most British
Columbians believe BC and its citizens have a right to determine
what happens in the province. The permitting process represents that
"BC Greens remain hopeful that the Joint Review Panel will reject
the Northern Gateway Pipeline. But if they approve the project, or
if the Harper Conservatives override a no by the National Energy
Board, BC Greens would protect British Columbians right to say an
unequivocal no," concludes Sterk.
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