Harper pipeline approval fuels No Enbridge rally tonight in Vancouver
A protest against the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. tonight (June 17) at the Vancouver CBC Regional Broadcast Centre at Hamilton and Georgia streets.
The demonstration will occur just hours after the oil sands (also known as tar sands) project received conditional approval from the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
According to an announcement posted on Facebook, speakers at the event will include Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chief, Carleen Thomas, and Cecilia Point of the Musqueam First Nation, among others.
“Time to fill the streets of Vancouver, and send Stephen Harper a message he cannot ignore,” states a message posted there. “B.C. says "NO" to the Enbridge pipeline!”
The Northern Gateway pipeline is planned to transport oil from tar sands across British Columbia to ships that will carry it to Asia. Twin pipelines will carry 525,000 barrels of diluted bitumen and 193,000 barrels of condensate per day between Bruderheim, Alberta, and Kitimat, B.C., where the oil will be loaded onto 220 tankers per year.