Industry Minister James Moore's staff has come up with a clever way to defeat anti-Enbridge demonstrators who've occupied his office today.
"The receptionist has locked the door and closed the blinds, and they’re not letting us use the bathroom, either," protester Amanda Nahanee told the Straight by phone. "We have been here since about 10 o’clock this morning."
Nahanee, who's of Squamish and Nisga'a heritage, said the majority of the nine remaining activists are willing to be arrested.
They've camped out in the local office of Moore, the five-term MP for Port Moody–Westwood–Port Coquitlam. He's also the senior regional minister for B.C.
"We’re here at Minister’s Moore’s office to voice our opinions and to share with him that we really feel he should be rejecting the Northern Gateway," she said.
On June 17, the Harper government approved the proposed Enbridge pipeline subject to meeting the Joint Review Panel's 209 conditions.
This is another step forward in Enbridge's goal to ship bitumen from the tarsands to Kitimat, where it would be exported on oil tankers through ecologically sensitive Douglas Channel, Hecate Strait, and Queen Charlotte Sound.
Nahanee said that 130 First Nations have signed a declaration opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline, noting that the proposal was defeated in a plebiscite in Kitimat.
When asked what message they had for Straight readers, Nahanee replied: "Please reject the Northern Gateway [pipeline] and support the people who are rejecting the Northern Gateway. We’re very concerned of the environmental impacts it will have on the pristine environment. We don’t believe that the government or industry or any oil-spill people know how to clean up an oil spill. It hasn’t been proved anywhere in the world.”