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about the Keystone XL pipeline and Enbridge’s proposed ‘Northern Gateway’

Here are the contents from the latest Greenpeace Canada letter I’ve received. It is both important enough and interesting enough to share:

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been told by industry and government insiders that while the expansion of the tar sands may be a terrible thing, there’s simply no way to stop it.

Well, we’ve found a way.

President Obama has just said No to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, meant to carry tar sands oil from Alberta to Texas. Its approval was the subject of a fierce lobbying campaign by oil companies and the Harper government, with Prime Minister Harper himself calling it “a no-brainer.”

But Big Oil lost this round, thanks in large part to an unprecedented grassroots uprising. Ordinary people, including hundreds that risked arrest in peaceful protests in the U.S. and Canada, came together to support action on climate change, human rights, and environmental protection. They said no to Keystone in a way that made it impossible for elected officials to ignore.

The Harper government and the tar sands industry have set their sights on a new pipeline– Enbridge’s proposed ‘Northern Gateway’ from Alberta to the coast of BC. They are pushing hard, with Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver labeling anyone who cares about climate change, the rights of First Nations or keeping BC’s coast oil spill-free as “radicals.”

These concerns are not radical. What is radical is a democratic government trying to silence anyone who disagrees with them. What is radical is putting our climate at risk for short-term economic gain.

Together, just as we stopped Keystone XL, we can stop Northern Gateway. Join us today by sending a letter Joe Oliver, federal Minister of Natural Resources.

The truth is, producing the extra 525,000 barrels per day needed to fill the new pipeline will require massive expansion in the tar sands, further fueling climate change and the devastation of water, land and air in northern Alberta.

The pipeline would pass through the unceded traditional territory of dozens of BC First Nations, who are resolutely opposed to the project. And it would threaten the stormy northern BC coast with spills from the hundreds of supertankers bound for Asia.

Even Enbridge admits that spills are inevitable, and this pipeline would cross over 1,000 streams and rivers – vital habitat for salmon and other species, including within the Great Bear Rainforest.

Every step on this path is a disaster waiting to happen, but each can be prevented. Today we’ve witnessed the power of the grassroots, the power of people joining together for a common cause. Let’s use this momentum for an even greater victory.

Please, add your voice to the growing chorus of voices rejecting the Northern Gateway pipeline today.

Together, we stopped Keystone XL.
We can stop Northern Gateway too.

Send a letter to Joe Oliver, federal
Minister of Natural Resources.

Here is the relevant link.  Stop the Northern Gateway:


About Joseph de Lange

Before retirement worked in art galleries, a photo studio, offices, and the trades. Don't travel much anymore but still photograph. For the past 5 years 95% of my photography is done with the phone. My prediction for big cameras: DSLRs and their beautiful lenses and even the smaller mirrorless cameras will be mostly a historical footnote in the not too distant future.

3 responses to “about the Keystone XL pipeline and Enbridge’s proposed ‘Northern Gateway’

  1. Pingback: Keystone Pipeline Deal Postponed by Americans… Harper Tells Obama Canada Is Mine To Pollute As I See Fit … Harper Off To China… Vows To Make New Best Friend | Archemdis's Blog

    • Your article describes the situation very well. Keystone, although never dead, shows how unified opposition is successful. As far as the Northern Gateway is concerned I trust the Indian Peoples up north, and our unified support of their opposition to the pipeline on their land must definitely be part of the northern theater (if I may call it that).

  2. Pingback: Oil and Water-Filmmakers put it all on the line to standup for B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest | Canoe & Kayak | Distressed Mullet

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