The Vancouver Observer to release e-book on Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline

This summer, The Vancouver Observer is launching a comprehensive e-book on the oil sands and the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project. The controversial pipeline – which would cut through pristine natural land in Northern BC to carry corrosive tar sands oil from Alberta to Asia and the US – has been a major focus of The Vancouver Observer's news coverage. Now, for the first time, it will be offered to readers in e-book form, with an introduction by internationally renowned author and former Greenpeace International climate and energy director Tzeporah Berman.

“The need for people to have the depth of understanding about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline is vital,” said Vancouver Observer founder and publisher Linda Solomon.

Currently, the government is holding regulatory hearings in communities across BC, before making a final decision on whether or not it will be approved. With the Harper administration already backing pipeline, the only thing standing in its way is BC's public opinion.

Despite a strong public outcry from environmental groups and First Nations, lack of information in BC is a major concern: according to a recent Ipsos-Reid poll, 55 per cent of BC respondents are not familiar with the pipeline plans. Most troublingly, 48 per cent of respondents said they would support the project regardless.

The e-book format, Solomon said, would both spread information and provide an in-depth look at the issue to help readers get a better grasp on the project.

“Our reporting on the pipeline issue has been outstanding, and widely read. But it can be very hard to have a full picture of the story," she explained. "The e-book gives proper context, shows a timeline of events and gives the whole background on the Enbridge pipeline in one readable package.” 

As the controversy becomes more heated, more people will want both an overview and a comprehensive resource,” said sustainability reporter Carrie Saxifrage, who will be the lead editor of the book.

Saxifrage, having reported from the hearings in Northern BC and spoken extensively with First Nations about the pipeline, said the project carries “huge environmental risks” – not just for BC, but globally.

“Expansion of tar sands must be stopped as part of a global effort to prevent catastrophic climate change,” she said.

But people will have to read on the issue now, before it's too late.

“Now is the time that people can have their say on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline,” said journalist Alexis Stoymenoff, whose reporting on the pipeline issue, along with Saxifrage's writings, will form the backbone of the book. It’s unclear exactly when the pipeline hearings will come to an end, but recent legislation changes announced with the budget mean the government will soon be implementing timeframes to limit the review process.

“It's very clear that the current government has made this pipeline a priority,” she said.

“This e-book is important because it will take into account the politics, the environment, the First Nations and the impact on democracy that this issue has had, so that people can understand the full picture.”

To support this project, make a donation to the Enbridge Northern Gateway ebook project.

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