REPORTING · 1st September 2010
The protest rally was small but was serious and passionate. The National Energy Board attended at RiverLodge on Tuesday in Kitimat with their three member panel (The Joint Review Panel) to assess the viability of the twin pipeline project proposed by Enbridge.
The inside of Riverlodge was packed with hundreds of spectators and participants. At close to 11:00 am the crowds moved outside as the official presentations of the protest rally began.
Roughly 200 residents of the region gathered to raise signs of protest and listen to speeches.
The opening of both gatherings, inside and out, featured drumming and singing by the Gitga'at from; Hartley Bay, Bella Bella and speeches from the Haisla leaders.
As the inside presentations were winding down it was drab and raining. When the speakers came to the stage outside to express their concerns about the project proposed by Enbridge the skys began to clear.
It was all of a sudden sunny and warm when MP Nathan Cullen expressed grave concern that we were exporting our raw natural products, in this case crude, when Canadians could benefit by processing it into a more profitable commodity. The Unitied Fishermans and Allied Workers Union took to the stage and rallied the gathered protesters. The First Nations Hereditary Chiefs thanked all the organizations who gathered, for their support.
As the presentations wound down and the music began, the rain started to fall and the audience quickly evaporated.
Thanks to everyone there
Comment by Moe Naguib on 1st September 2010
Thanks to everyone who showed up to voice there opinion, this is democracy in action!