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Enbridge Northern Gateway

If approved, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline would run west from the Alberta tar sands to the port of Kitimat, British Columbia. The pipeline would cross 800 critical salmon-bearing streams and terminate in the heart of the world-renowned Great Bear Rainforest, where hundreds of super tankers larger than the Exxon Valdez would transport heavy tar sands oil through the world's fourth most dangerous waterway.

As a result, Northern Gateway has sparked fierce and unprecedented opposition from citizens, First Nations and communities of all political stripes, because it poses such unacceptable risks to the environment and local economies of B.C.

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New twin pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat, BC
Key Problems:
- Crosses over 800 salmon streams
- Ends in heart of Great Bear Rainforest
- 400 Super tankers through world's 4th most dangerous waterway
Current Status:
National Energy Board recommendation expected Dec 2013. Harper Government to make final decision

According to Enbridge’s own calculations, there is a 23 per cent chance of at least one major super tanker spill during the 50-year lifespan of the Northern Gateway Pipeline. And a recent study from Simon Fraser University using internationally accepted scenarios calculated the likihood of nearly 800 spills over 50 years. Major spills would be almost impossible to clean up, would put local and regional economies and water sources at risk, and threaten endangered salmon populations that depend on clean water to spawn.

Like the Keystone XL and other new pipelines, Northern Gateway is also the key part of the oil industry's plans to unlock the rapid expansion of the tar sands, locking us into a further 50+ years of fossil fuel dependence and leading directly to catastrophic climate change.

Opposition against Northern Gateway is unprecedented. More than 130 B.C. First Nations have formed an unbroken wall of opposition to Enbridge's pipeline plans, a stance that will make it difficult for the project to proceed given that most B.C. First Nations have constitutionally protected rights over resource projects that cross their unceded lands. More than 140 federal politicians and 36 provincial politicians oppose it, as do twenty local governments including Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Smithers, and the districts of Fort St. James, Skeena-Queen Charlotte and Kitimat-Stikine, who have all passed formal resolutions opposing Northern Gateway. In 2010 and 2012, the Union of BC Municipalities itself also passed major resolutions in opposition to pipelines and oil tankers.

Thousands of B.C. and Canadian citizens have publicly opposed Northern Gateway in ways and numbers not seen in the environmental movement in decades. Hundreds of protests have taken place in almost every community in the province, and polling consistently shows that between 60 and 80 per cent of British Columbians of all political leanings oppose the project.

The Northern Gateway Pipeline has no business risking all that makes British Columbia such a special place. That’s why so many people are working to make sure it never gets built.

Enbridge Northern Gateway Updates & Resources

Harper’s vision of Canada as energy superpower thwarted by opposition to pipelines


Les Whittington | Toronto Star - April 23rd 2014

Press Clipping: The Harper government, which never foresaw that pipelines would become the battleground in a frenzied struggle over climate change, is contending with a continent-wide wave of political opposition. A grassroots movement against B.C.’s Northern Gateway project and a White House decision to delay approval of Keystone XL are the latest blows to Conservatives’ plans to ship more oilsands crude abroad.

For many First Nations, the answer to Northern Gateway will never be ‘yes’


Julie Gordon | Globe and Mail - April 23rd 2014

Press Clipping: A few miles from where Enbridge Inc. plans to build a massive marine terminal for its Northern Gateway oil pipeline, Gerald Amos checks crab traps and explains why no concession from the company could win his support for the project. Amos, the former chief of the Haisla Nation, has argued for years that the risk – no matter how small – of an oil spill in these waters outweighs any reward the controversial project might offer.

Ottawa removing North Pacific humpback whales from list of ‘threatened’ species


Peter O'Neil | Vancouver Sun - April 23rd 2014

Press Clipping: The Harper government is downgrading the protection of the North Pacific humpback whale despite objections from a clear majority of groups that were consulted. Critics say the whales could face greater danger if two major oilsands pipeline projects get the go-ahead, since both would result in a sharp increase in movement of large vessels on the West Coast that occasionally collide with, and kill, whales like the humpback.

It’s like something out of a movie

April 12th 2014

Press Clipping: Environmental reporter Mychaylo Prystupa is just arriving in Kitimat, where residents are getting pushed to vote “yes” on the pipeline. Enbridge is running a massive PR campaign, with corporate canvassers going door to door to try and convince locals to back the oil giant on April 12.

Groups push back against Enbridge’s election tricks


Kai Nagata | Dogwood Initiative - March 31st 2014

Blog Post: Advance polls open in Kitimat next Wednesday, and Enbridge is doing everything it can to buy the vote. Our friends on the ground in the B.C. town of 9,000 say Enbridge has them under siege. The company is pouring unlimited money into ads and even flying salespeople in from Calgary to go door-to-door telling people to vote “yes” to an oil tanker terminal in their community. Good luck trying to outcompete them in the ad war. Instead, we have to find ways to use Enbridge’s power and money against them.

Enbridge tries to buy local support in key Kitimat pipeline vote


Emma Glichrist | DeSmog Canada - March 26th 2014

Press Clipping: Enbridge is canvassing door-to-door in a well-financed, high-stakes campaign to swing a key vote to bring an oil pipeline to the B.C.'s coast. And Kitimat residents are fighting back. “It’s the weirdest feeling having strangers in your town canvassing for this big company.... It's none of their business,” said Patricia Lange.