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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

Opinion: Enbridge’s chronic condition

Nikki Skuce | ForestEthics - July 7th 2014

Blog Post: When the federal government quietly issued its one-page press release approving Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project, it did so agreeing to 209 conditions set out by the National Energy Board. It sounds like a lot. Looking at the history of the NEB, it has never imposed so many conditions on a single project.

Despite protests, Canada approves Northern Gateway oil pipeline

Ian Austen | New York Times - June 19th 2014

Press Clipping: Tom Mulcair, the leader of the opposition New Democratic Party, said that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government had ignored broad public opinion in approving the Northern Gateway pipeline. “Stephen Harper continues to act as if this is 1948,” Mr. Mulcair told reporters. “You can no longer force pipelines from the top down.” He also called oil tankers off the coast of British Columbia “madness.”

Canada approves Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline, but this doesn’t mean it will be built


Elizabeth Shope | NRDC - June 18th 2014

Blog Post: The Canadian federal government approved Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline, kicking off a provincial decision-making process about the pipeline that will likely result in rejection of this risky project. The pipeline presents huge leak and spill risks that have mobilized First Nations and the majority of British Columbians against the project. This makes Northern Gateway a long-shot at best, no matter what spin we may hear out of Ottawa.

Northern Gateway approved, but far from built


Carol Linnitt | DeSmog Canada - June 18th 2014

Press Clipping: In the wake of the Government of Canada's approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline Tuesday, six months after the Joint Review Panel recommended the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline be built subject to 209 conditions, First Nations, envirornmentalists, local community leaders, and other British Columbians dig in to make sure the controversial pipeline is never built.