Enbridge TransCanada Northern Gateway Tarsands Pipeline Public Hearings Schedule Start Jan. 10th 2012 Watch the Hearings online. Public hearings on the Northern Gateway pipeline started today in BC . Livestream available 9am to 4 pm: http://gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca/clf-nsi/prtcptngprcss/hrng-eng.html
With many restriction about how and what they can speak about, 4300 groups are scheduled to speak at Northern Gateway Hearings over the next year.
130 aboriginal groups in B.C. join forces to use “whatever means necessary” to stop the project. Change of Venue: January 10, 2012, in Kitamaat Village instead of Kitimat. : Livestream Link
Photo by: DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS
Hundreds of residence packed the hall on the first day of the Northern Gateway pipeline hearings today. I listened to the livestream. First Nations Chiefs spoke of thier tradition ways of life and the values the hold dear being in the line of fire. "The Haisla are facing a double-barrelled shotgun by the bringing of that oil by pipeline and shipping it by sea," Hereditary Chief Ken Hall Source
Haisla Nation Chief Ellis Ross spoke of industry repeatedly making promises to his people, lying, stealing, and destroying their way of life, then moving on as a pattern of business. He sited past experience with environmental damages that were painfully inadequate in their ability to clean contaminated creeks while working with DFO. The shoreline has only just begun to recover from past industries. He voiced his concerns that this process is just another 'process'. He made clear that his communities are concerned for their health, future and lands and their way of life regardless of the money involved. He sited 50-100 jobs is not worth destroying their territory. It is early in these hearings, but I too sense this process is contrived lip-service with a stacked deck.
Very few towns in BC have hearings scheduled, and mostly in industry owned towns.
In the past, industry has been known to flood these hearings with employees to undermine real people's concerns. The existing schedule does not take into account the massive wild salmon industry or tourist industries most at risk, nor the concerns for hundreds of oil tankers plying the BC coast. No hearings at all are planned for BC's largest communities. This is all our concerns. Now communities hardest hit by this threat have been removed from the hearing schedule.
Photo (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
JOHN LEHMANN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL Source
The billions of "possible" income is a mute point, as it could destroy existing industries of equal or greater value in a heartbeat. Whale watching and the wild salmon industry alone are each billion dollar industries. It's not "if" there is spill but "when".
Another oil spill last week can be added to this list.
Photo Tar Sands in Alberta How BP and other oil companies get away with murder
The Keystone XL full time job numbers went from tens of thousands to 50 once the bias industry owned statements didn't pass the sniff test and are now under review. The Northern Gateway has all the same players. They propose Northern Gateway jobs. Perhaps 100 permanent jobs. That's it.
Elizabeth May has an informed and articulate response to the ridiculous rantings of Joe Oliver as he calls the opposition to the Northern Gateway project radical foreign environmentalist. Source
Link Harper says environmentalists "backed by foreign money"
Apon futher investigation, we find of the 4000+ speakers scheduled for the Northern Gateway Hearings, 12 are "forgeign funded radicals". All 12 are big oil backers.
This smear campaign comes from the top down, and is a tactic to move the focus to industry propaganda rather than the real issues. How much is this costing us? The article on CBC's website netted 1000 responses within the first hour of posting the Joe Oliver article, almost 4000 in the first day, mostly by Canadians opposed to this atrocity.
George Hoberg says: "There is a way to legally get the pipeline approved (despite fierce First Nations opposition) and that's the process we are moving into right now." They have been unsuccessful in bribing First Nations.
Now the Prime-minister of Canada calls anyone opposed to his dirty dream an "Enemy of Canada"? Now Harper is trying to meddle in the finances of independent environmental groups that oppose the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline by attempting to cut their funding. Source
Massive smear campaigns are now underway by "Ethical Oil". The same industry funded group that cooked the books and sold the US a State report full of unsubstantiated job numbers, bias environmental reports and created massive conflict of interest issues regarding State owned shares in the oily business of the tarsands in the Keystone XL proposal. Canada is currently throwing unprecedented efforts to thwart US initiatives and opposition to these pipelines.
"The oil industry’s own polling shows that there are millions of Canadians opposed to this new tarsands pipeline." Now they have their Big Oil buddies throwing money at the campaign to bully and bribe their agenda to unsuspecting Canadians. Source
Witnessing the all but unanimous apposition by Canadians to the pipe-dream of a few "foreign radicals" Our PMs former advisor suggests disregarding the values of Canadians, and force this "deal" though. Source
Both CBC and CTV "Should this pipeline be built?" Polls show 78% opposed. see links to polls below.
Bitumen is much more toxic and corrosive than gas or oil.
Haida Gwaii, is the most torrent unpredictable waters on the West Coast, 1.5 billion dollar wild salmon industry, 2.1 billion in whale tours are at risk not to mention the entire ecosystem. The pipeline would cross over 1000 streams and rivers traverse in the most inaccessible treacherous mountainous temperate rain forests in the world. The Great Bear Rainforest would be at risk.
"If you make $70 000 a year in the Tarsands, you need assistance with housing" The average 1 bedroom apartment is $1600 month, average mobile trailer is $300 000 in Fort Mcmurry. 6 doctors for population of approx 100,000. "Syncrude snow" in winter. Contaminated Athabaska river. Arsenic in the wildlife. 5 First Nations communities lands are being eaten up. 4000 chemicals dumped into the Athabaska everyday, as rare cancers rates skyrocketing. The air isn't monitored. 3 barrels of water turned to toxic waste for 1 barrel of bitumen. 2-4000 lbs of forest floor is moved for 1 barrel of oil.
Great Documentary about Alberta Jobs:
Source Most oil is used for US military at 360 000 barrels a day.
Source The Harper agenda is that of a one track (son of an oil baron) mind is costing jobs hand over fist.
In Ontario and Montreal, 627,000 or 42% job loss. 50% pay cuts for those who remain while CEO are subsidized millions? No wonder union workers take to the streets when 500 at a time are laid off. Source 1 --
At this rate there will be plenty of McJob opportunities available in Canada. And when 8$ an hour is not longer the "global industry standard" our jobs will be quickly outsourced as we are currently seeing in the US.The same company that manufactures the tarsands equipment and gets millions in subsidies is destroying the working class. "January 21 2012, thousands of union members and their community allies will converge on London, Ontario, Canada, in solidarity with hundreds of workers who have been illegally locked out by their employer, Electro-Motive Diesel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar, Inc. The company is trying to impose a reduction in hourly wages of over 50%, the elimination of retiree benefits, and an end to the workers’ defined benefit pension plan, among other attacks. In the third quarter of 2011, Caterpillar posted profits of close to $15,000,000 per day, a 44% increase over the previous year."
Enbridge Polls say Canadians support the pipeline. HA! More big oil backed "Ethical Oil" versions of the truth I'm sure.
Northern Gateway Pipeline Public Poll: Should these pipelines be built? 78% say NO. What do you think?
Are you for or against the Enbridge pipeline being built across north-central B.C. to Kitimat on the Pacific coast? Link to Public Poll 78% against
Enbridge Poll Do you support Enbridge's proposal to build the Northern Gateway oil pipeline? 85% oppose Online Poll
Enbridge Poll by the Globe and Mail shows 70% oppose the Northern Gateway pipeline Online Poll