Vancouver, British Columbia – First Nations have announced their opposition to a proposed tar sands pipeline that would bring expanded amounts of tar sands oil from Alberta to British Columbia, where the oil would be shipped to overseas markets, including China.
The announcement was made on the 21st anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
“We will protect ourselves and the interests of future generations with everything we have, because one major oil spill on the coast of British Columbia would wipe us out,” said Gerald Amos, director of Coastal First Nations. “This bountiful and globally significant coastline cannot bear an oil spill. This is where Enbridge hits a wall.”
Coastal First Nations from Vancouver Island to the B.C./Alaska border are unanimous in their opposition, and are joined by the vast majority of First Nations affected along the pipeline route from Kitimaat to Alberta.
To date, no First Nation and no municipality in Canada has publicly supported Enbridge’s proposed pipeline, which would increase tar sands oil production by 30 per cent.