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Anti Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline Rallies Across Canada

Written by; Chad Simco / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sun Nov 17 2013

  


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has a vision for Canada to become an energy super-power, and to a degree the building of the Northern Gateway oil pipeline plays a part in this, as currently there isn't a method to transport bitumen to the Pacific West Coast and this also means valuable oil revenues could be lost.

The Northern Gateway pipeline is the proposed solution which is facing strong opposition from environmentalists across the country today.

The Northern Gateway oil pipeline is a dual pipeline system which will stretch to and from its origination from the oil sands of Bruderheim, Alberta across to Kitimat, British Columbia. The oil pipeline, which is 1,177 kilometers in length and 36" in diameter, will transport approximately 525,000 barrels of petroleum per/day from Bruderheim to Kitimat, while a second condensate pipeline of the same length and 20" in diameter will move approximately 193,000 barrels of condensate per/day from Kitimat back to Bruderheim. Condensate is used to thin down petroleum products for easier pipeline flow. The pipeline construction is headed by Enbridge Inc., which is an energy delivery firm based in Calgary, Alberta specializing in the delivery of crude oils and natural gas. Enbridge Inc. operates the longest pipeline systems in the world and transports over 2 million barrels of petroleum every day. The company vows a strong focus on safety, community, and environment. Enbridge boasts it has a 99.99% safety delivery record for the past 10 years.

Despite the expertise of Enbridge and a fresh agreement on 5 conditions on the terms to accept the Northern Gateway pipeline by British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Alison Redford, thousands of Canadians stood in public protest against the proposed pipelines across Canada today. The National Energy Board is reviewing the new agreement and experts are predicting it will be approved before the year is up.

In Vancouver thousands of protesters gathered outside Science World (Telus World of Science). Groups ranging from First Nations Leaders, environmentalists, political groups and concerned citizens held their signage and voiced their thoughts. The rally was organized by Ben West of Forest Ethics Advocacy.

Art Sterritt, a First Nations Leader, roared from the stage to protesters that if the pipeline goes through, British Columbia will end up like Alberta and have pipelines crossing all throughout the province.

NDP MP, Nathan Cullen (Skeena Bulkley Valley) lambasted the conservative government stating that pipeline opponents have been called "enemies of the state" but they will not be bullied and the peoples voices and truth will be heard.

Rally organizer Mr. West added that the rally against the pipeline will send Christy Clark and Stephen Harper a strong message of the people saying "no" to large corporations having control over our governments.

Demonstrations were held across British Columbia including Kelowna and also across the country as far north as Nunavut, in Calgary, Alberta, and also as far east as Kanesatake (a Mohawk community outside Montreal, Quebec) and Toronto, Ontario where protesters laid on the ground forming the shape of a "human pipeline", in protest. Citizens voiced their concerns that they are worried about oil spills and their children's future.


Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline Rally Images

Northern Gateway Pipeline Map
Map for the Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline to and from Bruderheim, Alberta and Kitimat, British Columbia.

First Nation Leaders protest oil pipeline
First Nation Leaders protest the Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline in British Columbia

First Nation Leaders protest oil pipeline
Thousand of protesters gathered at the Northern Gateway oil pipeline rally outside Science World in Vancouver, British Columbia

  

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