Originally posted on 630ched.com
Joel LeFevre – June 16, 2014
The federal government’s decision to approve the Northern Gateway Pipeline is not sitting well with Greenpeace.
The environmental organization says this decision shows yet again that the feds are intent on recklessly expanding the tar sands regardless of how it affects communities, the environment or the planet.
Greenpeace Campaigner Mike Hudema says this decision shows a tremendous amount of disrespect from the Harper government.
“Prime Minister Harper and his cabinet have ignored the voices of the vast majority of people within British Columbia, they’ve ignored the voices and rights of over 130 First Nations and even the BC government who all have repeatedly said that they do not support this pipeline because of the dangers and threats that it poses” says Hudema.
Hudema says he plans to pressure BC Premier Christy Clark to reject the deal because they still have the power to say no to the pipeline.
He adds that Enbridge should start coming out with different plans.
Hudema says despite today’s decision he remains confident the pipeline will never get built.
Paul Jorgenson from the conservation lobby group Nature Canada says the potential environmental problems go beyond where the pipeline may be built.
“The actual pipeline itself is going to carve a huge swathe across some basically untouched wilderness, but the tankers are going to be basically hair-pinning around islands in some very treacherous waters,” Jorgenson says.
“In some cases the tankers might end up being just as risky if not more so than the pipeline,” he says.
“We know for a fact the pipeline has about a twenty-five percent chance of catastrophe, which when you think about it, is worse than Russian roulette.”
The project still has 209 conditions to be met from the National Energy Board, plus 5 conditions imposed by the BC government. (JSL/jl)