By Geordon Omand, Vancouver Sun/Canadian Press, October 8, 2015
VANCOUVER — The fate of the Northern Gateway pipeline project is now in the hands of a trio of Federal Appeal Court judges who reserved their decision on whether to uphold or quash the government’s approval of the controversial project.
Over six days of legal arguments in Vancouver, the court heard the government didn’t get aboriginal consent or consider the impact on the environment when it approved the project, while proponents claimed a decision to overturn the pipeline approval would kill the project.
The government approved the $7-billion Enbridge (TSX:ENB) Northern Gateway project in June 2014 with 209 conditions, following the recommendations made by a review panel considering the environmental impacts of the interprovincial pipeline.
By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun,October 4, 2015
Key First Nations in northern B.C. refute there is consensus on an oil pipeline concept initiated by some coastal First Nation members.
Eagle Spirit Energy has issued a trio of news releases in the past week, claiming it has signed agreements and has the support of chiefs along the route of its proposed project — an alternate to Enbridge’s stalled $7.9-billion Northern Gateway project.
by Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight, August 27th, 2015
The Unist’ot’en camp is a settlement that some members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation began constructing in northwestern B.C. in 2010. Its location was strategically selected to obstruct the path planned for the Pacific Trail natural gas pipeline. The settlement has since been expanded in opposition to the Northern Gateway oil pipeline, which would follow a similar route across the province.
July 25, 2015 via Submedia
Yesterday Chevron, the company behind the Pacific Trails fracking pipeline, attempted to enter our unceded territories. They have no consent from our chiefs and our hereditary governance system, who are standing strong in their stance against all pipelines. Next to the Wedzin Kwah river, which is pure enough to drink from, Chevron presented us with an offering of bottled water and industrial tobacco. Read the rest of this entry
July 18, 2015
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Thanks to everyone who responded to our Action Camp and Chevron PTP update. It is becoming clear that the situation here is moving toward an escalation point.
Today at one o’clock a low flying helicopter flew over the ridge line and crossed the river a couple kilomoters south of the bridge. It followed a route that corresponds to the path of the proposed PTP pipeline, then circled back and flew in a northern direction following the river toward Houston. They flew low enough to take photos of activity happening at bridge and our camp. Read the rest of this entry
The future of Canada’s two largest pipeline projects hinges on the cooperation of First Nations throughout the country.
by Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette, July 8, 2015
With billions of dollars and swaths of aboriginal territory at stake, the Assembly of First Nations will try to leverage their legal rights and force a negotiation with Canada’s energy producers and the federal government. AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday he plans on hosting a national energy forum in February with the goal of getting big oil, Ottawa and First Nations at the table. Read the rest of this entry