NEWS RELEASE · 31st May 2013
Friends of Wild Salmon
Friends of Wild Salmon respond to BC Government decision to reject Enbridge Northern Gateway
Gerald Amos is the Chair of Friends of Wild Salmon and past President of Coastal First Nations. He made the following comments in response to today’s decision:
“Today people of the North Coast, Skeena watershed and all across BC can take some comfort in the decision made by the BC Government to reject the Enbridge pipeline proposal as it is currently presented.”
“This is a clear indication that the concerns of the people who live along the proposed pipeline and tankers routes are being heard. Friends of Wild Salmon has been working on campaigns to protect the wild salmon of the North Coast and Skeena for years.
Our communities maintain direct ties to the land that Enbridge threatens and we are glad that today’s decision brings another level of protection for this unique place.”
“This is an important moment but our work is not done. Friends of Wild Salmon support the Coastal First Nations’ Tanker Ban and the Save the Fraser River Declaration and call on the federal government to honour the First Nations’ decisions.
We still have questions for the BC Government about how they are going to ensure the federal government does not push this project through, however we acknowledge and appreciate this decision.”
Friends of Wild Salmon is a coalition of First Nations, sport and commercial fishermen, community organizations and concerned residents of British Columbia’s North Coast and Skeena watershed who have come together towards a common goal: the protection of wild salmon.
They have been bringing people together for years to stop the Enbridge pipeline proposal and have a successful history of standing up to other risky proposals such as fish farms and coalbed methane drilling in the Sacred Headwaters.