Four arrested at "No Enbridge" protest at Conservative MP's office

“I'd never even been to a protest until Northern Gateway came along and I began to learn about climate change,” said a mother and retired businesswoman at the protest. “If ordinary citizens like me are willing to risk arrest to stop this project, Harper can expect blockades that will make Clayoquot look like a picnic.”

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"It was calm and peaceful but it was also emotional and scary -- it was a big step for me to do it," said Jackie DeRoo, a retired businesswoman who was among four arrested at a No Enbridge sit-in at Industry Minister James Moore's office today.

A group of 12 citizens staged a peaceful sit-in at Moore’s office since 10:30 this morning to express opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, which the federal government approved via a news release yesterday.  

The pipeline would bring 520,000 barrels of diluted bitumen from Alberta's oil sands across northern BC to a terminal in Kitimat. Residents of Kitimat, B.C., the community at the terminus of the proposed pipeline route, recently voted against project in a non-binding plebiscite. Currently, 130 First Nations oppose the pipeline, while Enbridge said 26 have signed on for equity if the pipeline is built. 

The pipeline has the benefit of expanding the export of Canadian oil to Asian markets, where it would sell at higher prices than the U.S. Enbridge stated at joint review panel hearings last year that it loses an estimated $8 a barrel due to the lack of a pipeline to ship the oil to Asian markets. 

DeRoo says she had "never even been to a protest until Northern Gateway came along" and began to learn about climate change.  
 
She said people who were opposed to the pipeline but never involved in activism should be ready to take a stand. 
 
“If ordinary citizens like me are willing to risk arrest to stop this project, Harper can expect blockades that will make Clayoquot look like a picnic.”

"Be brave, stand up, express yourself and throw the Harper government out in 2015. You owe it to your children".
 
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RE: Counter Point

You can read all the fluff you want out there. After awhile you have to take a stand if you care either way. Some choose to oppose. There are a million arguments on both sides, after awhile make a choice. A referendum is a good opportunity to have CITIZENS have their say.

Global warming religion

But, but, but actually thinking would hurt her fluffball head and we can't have that.

Oppose pipeline

windyspirit wrote:

You can read all the fluff you want out there. After awhile you have to take a stand if you care either way. Some choose to oppose. There are a million arguments on both sides, after awhile make a choice. A referendum is a good opportunity to have CITIZENS have their say.

I agree with the opposition to the pipelines, but I believe the amount of citizen opposition should be enough to convince Harper...but then again, how many will oppose it and then vote for Harper because " our family always has"! Therefore, perhaps we need the ref.!

Pipelines

Perhaps it is time for the people of Canada, nay all of North America, that nothing will change until we rid our countries of politicians that are in the pockets of corporations; only an 'informed' electorate is able to change that!

Hats off to the protesters.

Hats off to the protesters. Maybe if Canadians werent so lazy and apathetic we could force the politicians to take notice. Alas it won't happen. Canadians prefer the status quo because its easy. 

Pipeline

It will go through eventually. You are only delaying the obvious.

 

Huge losses in the long term

Looking forward 3 or 4 decades I can just imagine what the repercussions of tripling our oil exports will have on the environment, on future jobs, on future economies and on global emissions.  

If, in the past 50 years, industry has barely managed to make a dent in the ballooning sludge pits of chemical soup, and just touched on ways to return the devastation of mining the tar sands to a semblance of regeneration, what do you think their efforts will look like in a few more decades?  Especially given that there is barely a peep out of governments regarding regeneration, and regulating what environmental standards exist playing in favour of industry.

It seems to be common practice for industry to bleed the earth of any profits, leave the environmental mess for Canadian taxpayers to cover, and open for business in another name, all with governmental encouragement and approval (plus tax incentives and grants). I imagine clean up, if even possible, of northern Alberta and Saskatchewan will cost in the $trillions, and that isn't even touching on any exporting accidents.  Not much net profit now, is there?

I don't even want to think about what thirty more years of dependency on oil and gas will cost the planet, or how our ability to produce food will be affected, or what wars will be created over a shortage of fresh water.

It almost makes me welcome a volcano in Yellowstone, at least such a catastrophe couldn't be blamed on human stupidity and greed.

 

 

 

 

 

The Facts

Enbridge has told everyone that Northern Gateway project will cost $6.5B while it has known for months that the cost as proposed currently is above $22B. It has been cost cutting & working on different pipeline routes to ports other than Kitimat but larger diameter pipes. It is planning to change the final design of the terminal completely. It will no longer be a land terminal but will be a floating storage terminal in Kitimat area waters or other potentially more cost effective waterways in west coast of BC. It is keeping this information confidential in order to receive government approval. Enbridge is hoping it can go ahead with a totally revised plan using existing conditions & approval processes which were in place for the original lower risk project. Deceiving its customers, the public and the government is normal practice at Enbridge. This is a fact: As the government makes a decision to approve the project, Enbridge plans to change it all together while misleading everyone knowingly for months.

climate change

Not enough emphasis is put on the true issue: climate change, and/or the Earth's ability to heal from the shit kicking mankind administer. Also,the true issue is that mismanaging the Earth's surface will be deadly let alone costly. We know that for fact. Is the unethical resource suddenly not going to be a net atmospheric emission if we give it away to Asia?

And if we are hell bent on wasting a great resource ahead of schedule, why not go east with pipes to Churchill port and exploit a possibly more lucrative market?  It would present much less impact on values of pristine BC coast related fisheries, tourism and etcetera jobs.

Any pipe line will be shelved soon as fossil fuel folley obviously becomes a sunset industry to a large degree.  Delay, delay, delay, so the new economy with it's many stimulating ethical jobs can take root.  Go away Enbridge.