Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Rally Next Monday March 26th In Vancouver in Opposition to the Enbridge Pipeline
Next Monday, March 26th a coalition of First Nations groups and environmental organizations are hosting a rally in downtown Vancouver to oppose the planned Enbridge Pipeline. The pipeline proposal would carry bitumen (unprocessed tar sands oil) from Alberta, across the Fraser and down the Skeena to the Northern Coast of British Columbia where it will be loaded onto mega-tankers 10 times the size of the Exxon Valdez and shipped out through the Douglas Channel, one of the worlds most treacherous shipping routes.
If built the Enbridge pipeline would pose an imminent threat of a disastrous spill in the Skeena or on the remote Central Coast. The Canadian Federal government, doing the bidding of their backers in the oil industry, is intent on ramming the pipeline down the throats of the Canadian people and is doing everything in their power to undermine organizations that oppose the pipeline and water down the federal fisheries act that protect these crucial ecosystems. The government has offered the false choice between economic growth and environmental protecting, asserting that the rapid extraction and export of Canada's natural resources is vital to the national interest despite the fact that the oil will be refined overseas and the majority of British Columbians oppose the pipeline. Please add your voice to the opposition by rallying in support of the Fraser, Skeena and Central Coast.
The rally begins at 10:30 AM at the Great Bear Initiative Office at 409 Granville St. in Vancouver and will proceed to the Vancouver Art Gallery at 11:30 AM.