As an intervenor on the NEB process, CCEC stands in support of our members saying NO to the pipeline. Here is what some of our members have to say.
“It’s ridiculous! The economic case for this pipeline is from 2012,” said Wilderness Committee Climate Campaigner Peter McCartney. “How can you argue these impacts are justified at all, let alone based on a dying industry doomed to fail.”
Ian Marcuse, Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network says, "The NEB decision is deeply troubling. The loss of species and food sources for indigenous communities speaks to the economic, corporate interests prioritizing over environmental and cultural well-being.”
The Mountain Protectors say, “We are outraged and utterly disappointed by the NEB’s decision to prioritize profit for a fossil fuel corporation above the health and well-being of all people, the land, the ocean and all life that depends on the health of the land. The NEB decision endangers our long-term well-being by pushing to destabilize the climate when we urgently need to transition to renewable energies.”
Dawn Morrison, with the Wild Salmon Caravan and chair of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty says, “The NEB structures and processes are one glaring example of how the system is failing in its ability to implement collectively held Indigenous title and rights and Free and Prior Informed Consent, and adequately assess the 1).inter-generational equity of both present and future generations in decision making matters impacting the broader ecological, cultural and temporal scope and scale of Indigenous land and food systems, and 2) assess cumulative impacts to our climate and complex system of Indigenous biodiversity and cultural heritage.”
So, what happens next? The federal cabinet will mull over the NEB’s report, and continue consultations with Indigenous communities, before they make a decision on whether on not to proceed with building the Trans Mountain expansion. With 5.4 billion dollars sunk into purchasing the pipeline, most likely the government is going to green light the project.
Peter McCartney, Wilderness Committee continues by saying, “It’s a travesty Trans Mountain has never, and likely will never, receive a proper, thorough environmental assessment. We will continue to stand behind Indigenous nations that have never consented to this project.”
Dawn Morrison’s final words on their press release says, “STOP the Trans Mountain Pipeline that is threatening the health and integrity of Indigenous social and ecological systems for the benefit of all!”
While the report found that the project would have "adverse effects on southern resident killer whales" and that greenhouse gas emissions from tankers would be 'significant', they approved it anyway. Today’s announcement is bad news for all of us who support Indigenous rights, understand climate change is real, and are committed to making sure Trans Mountain never gets built at all.
For more information like and follow these groups:
Stop KM Legal Defense Fund
Wild Salmon Caravan
Read the NEB Report here.