Northern Gateway facing legal doom: eight new First Nations lawsuits (VIDEO)
“I believe Enbridge is in a very deep and dark hole”, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said at a media briefing about new lawsuits filed against the Calgary-based pipeline company.
Haisla, Gitxaala, Haida, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nadleh Whut’en and Nak’azdli all made statements at the Vancouver media briefing regarding the new lawsuits.
Haisla Nation Elected Chief Councillor Ellis Ross at Vancouver press conference Monday on Enbridge lawsuits - Mychaylo Prystupa
LNG-friendly Haisla leader Elected Chief Councilor Ellis Ross said the Northern Gateway project was a poor example of Aboriginal consultation. He said these and past Aboriginal court challenges are regrettable but necessary.
“This is a tremendous waste of taxpayers’ money, resources, time and effort – when we’re all trying to build an economy and at the same time reconcile rights and title,” said Ross.
Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation hoped the struggle against Enbridge had not come to this.
“We’ve been asking us to meet with [Prime Minister] Harper -- he rejected any meetings.”
“The Yinka Dene Alliance will stand strong. And I’m so sad that Canada has forced our people into court one more time,” said Chief Louie.
Chief Martin Louie of Nadleh Whut’en First Nation on Enbridge lawsuits - Monday in Vancouver - Mychaylo Prystupa
Enbridge did not respond to a media request for comment Monday afternoon.
Investors seem not troubled by the company's difficulties. Google Finance shows Enbridge's stock price (TSX: ENB) has merely gone upward over the past five years.