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CONTRIBUTION · 14th November 2011
Raif Mair
This article was published today on It is an article by Rafe Mair. Read the entire article here.

Watch a video of Nathan Cullen talking about this same issue, by opening the attachment below.


If you doubt the fact that there will be ruptures in the pipeline, I invite you to look at the company's (Enbridge) website and what they will do when there is one.

It's interesting to look at Enbridge's spill in July 2010 at Kalamazoo, Michigan. It took two days before Enbridge responded, and at this time 15 months later, they're still cleaning up -- they can never completely do the job. And the Kalamazoo River runs through developed, thus accessible land.

When the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines have their first spill and it's in the wilderness, can you imagine the horror story that will be? How do you know when there's been a rupture? How do you get there? How do you get equipment there? Once there, what can you do? Isn't it fair to say that the damage will be permanent with catastrophic impacts on wildlife and salmon streams and rivers, and nothing can change that?

It must always be remembered that we're not talking about a "risk" here, but a mathematical certainty. Let's be clear. We're looking at ongoing, certain spills in our sensitive wilderness, all of which are almost impossible to reach in a shorter term, and so will do permanent damage to this precious land.

Now let's look at the tanker traffic which would result from these pipelines.

Former federal environment minister David Anderson had this to say: "If oil tanker traffic is allowed off the coast, it becomes a statistical question of when, not if, an accident is going to occur."

Can we stop it?

Only if we are prepared to go the distance. There will be threats to meet from the federal government and courts, and there will be bribes offered. The threats will be brute force, you can bank on that.

I believe that the mass of B.C.'s population wants nothing to do with these projects and will happily use civil disobedience to enforce their views.

Before finishing, let's remember that any who are guilty of civil disobedience must be prepared to accept the consequences. Having said that, we must rally in huge numbers. We must be prepared to lie down in the path of machinery and when the expected injunction is achieved, we must be prepared to go to jail. In fact, if enough of us do this, there won't be enough jail cells to hold us.

Given the fatal environmental damage these international corporations will inflict, we surely must spare no opportunity to fight these pipelines and tankers with everything we can, short of violence.

Read the entire article here.


On Friday morning, November 11, 2011, Remembrance Day, Canada's finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced, referring to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, stated Canada may need to move quicker on this. He claimed the potential harm to the Canadian economy by the USA government rejecting or delaying the new Keystone XL pipeline meant Canada would need to move quicker to secure the Asian Market.

We asked Cullen about this at the Kiva Café after his leadership bid presentation while he was asking the audience if they had any questions. We recorded his answer and it can be watched by opening the attachment below.
Not mad just sad....
Comment by Jessica Lindstrom on 15th November 2011
Since the Northern Gateway Pipelines were proposed I would get angry every time the subject was brought up in conversation. I would debate with those who were for the project and I would stand up for the environment until I was blue in the face. As a student of environmental sciences I feel like my recently gained knowledge has, in fact, made me a pessimist. The subject of Enbridge arises on a daily basis in the classrooms and there was one conversation in particular that I remember having with a professor last year and he said "Don't you remember the OTHER golden rule? He who has the gold makes the rules". Now, I wont stop fighting, speaking out or defending our beautiful country but I am getting tired. Tired of year after year feeling like those of us who are defending our land aren't being heard because money signs these days seem to speak louder than words to people as dense as "Horrible Harper". What a sad fact it has become that maybe a few years from now we can no longer take our children fishing because we might pull out a oil-filled salmon. I have always said I'm proud to be from BC because of our untouched land and the fact that I can walk 15 minutes and be camping and fishing in the middle of nowhere. If these pipelines go through and after their first rupture, because even an idiot should know there will be one, I will no longer be able to say I am proud of my province or even my country. How could I be proud of a place that is run by a mindless man?
I vote NO
Comment by blocky bear on 15th November 2011
iron mine in 1967 was in operation and shipped the ore from their shoreline installation. I was working on a logging crew on a hill above town and had a clear view of the harbour. Another crew member hollered look down. There was an iron ore freighter approaching, sailing rather rapidly toward the estuary. Ordinarily the ship would have turned and come in alongside the dock, this time though it plowed right into the soft ground alongside the Zeballos River. Fortunately for the skipper the tide was out and a pair of tugs came from neighbouring Tahsis and yarded the ship off on the high tide. Apparently no great damage was sustained and the freighter was able to load and proceed to port of call. The information was that the gear was stuck in forward, making it impossible to reverse, which of course is the brake on boats. The skipper wisely headed straight in rather than turn and crash into the dock. A soft landing for an alert captain is very unusual. The point is that these accidents do happen and 99% of the time the result is ugly. I can testify to the rugged coastline of B.C. after handlogging and A-framing up and down many years. Further I believe that an examination of the archives will describe scary number of ships that have gone down in these waters. NO TO TANKERS!
try this, it's a matter of time
Comment by victor on 14th November 2011
Put a container of dirty engine oil on your tubs edge. How Long before it gets spilled and you are cleaning it up off the floor/our environment or out of your water/our Ocean. Oh and be sure you will get it on you too. Its a fine line between success and catastrophe. Can we take that chance?
Our Mayor
Comment by Mr. Peters on 14th November 2011
Given that anyone with the capacity to think is against pumping this junk down a pipeline through our wilderness areas, but not our mayor, he still thinks that we as a city have to remain neutral in order to hear all points of view.

Merv, you start a new section on your website here were we can place wagers as to when Dave will start his new job with Enbridge, you can put me down for 6 months.
pipe lines
Comment by les watmough on 14th November 2011
Yester day our Prime Minister , Mr Harpper came outsupporting pipe lines, all pipe lines, saying " We need pipelines to keep jobs." Look, Mr PM if it is jobs you want, the paass laws forbiding the export of raw bitumen , that will make oil companies to build REFINERIES to process our oils and create jobs here in Canada, and not be creating jobs in some forigen country. So there. les