The Douglas Channel in North Western British Columbia is the proposed route for super tankers to load bitumen from the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project. On February 27th, Prince Rupert British Columbia became the latest community to officially oppose the Northern Gateway pipeline. Prince Rupert councillors unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the pipeline project and outlining the potential devastation from oil super tankers carrying crude oil from the tar sands to Asian markets.
The Canadian federal government has repeatedly asserted it will push the Northern Gateway pipeline through no matter what. The Union of Municipalities of British Columbia passed a resolution in October 2010 to oppose the construction of the pipeline.
First Nations throughout Alberta and B.C. have declared their opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline, signing the 'Save the Fraser Declaration' which has grown into more than 100 First nations signing, and calling for the ban of any pipeline or oil tanker activity that could threaten the migration of Fraser River salmon.
Experts and communities say there is no doubt about potential ecological impact for even minor spills from the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline or super tankers carrying oil up and down the West coast of British Columbia.
View October 1, 2010 Financial Post article
View January 2011 Common Ground article
View February 1, 2012 West Coast Environmental Law article
View February 28, 2012 Winnipeg Free Press article
View Save The Fraser website
View February 29, 2012 Global News article
View March 13, 2012 Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources article