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REPORTING · 16th February 2010
Merv Ritchie
This Friday, February 19th, the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine will entertain the Pembina Institute to speak on the proposal by Enbridge to construct a crude oil pipeline to Kitimat. Karen Campbell, a staff lawyer from the Pembina Institute, will present the environmental arguement at the beginning of the regular Board meeting in front of the RDKS directors, starting at 7:00pm.

"It is imperative that we fill the room. As concerned citizens, we need to educate ourselves, support Karen and show our elected representatives at the regional district that northerners won’t stand for this kind of development." wrote Julia Hill of Skeena Wild.

A news release from the Wet’suwet’en on January 21, 2010 introduced a new video presentation with quotes from various First Nation Leaders and a graphic of the pipeline route and perceived dangers.

“Our territory represents a large portion of the proposed pipeline route and there's no way we're going to allow it,” said David Luggi, Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, “The only thing Enbridge investors can bank on with this project is strong opposition.”

“We will not allow any project to proceed that infringes the constitutionally protected rights of our people,” said Dolores Pollard, Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation, whose territory includes the pipeline project's proposed super tanker port in Kitimat. “Sooner or later, that's a lesson Enbridge and the federal government are going to learn, either in the court of public opinion or a court of law.”

“We’ve told Enbridge many times that this pipeline will not go through our territory, but they seem to have a hard time listening,” said Alphonse Gagnon, Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief. “The only good thing about this pipeline is that it is bringing First Nations together to protect our lands and waters.”

The video can be seen HERE.

The Terrace Daily will be filming this gathering at the RDKS Board Room and will be live streaming it via a link at the front page text banner. The presentation part of the meeting begins at 7:00pm.