That’s the message that rang through loud and clear this morning at a standing-room only press conference I helped organize in Vancouver.
Former BC Liberal Leader and Federal Minister of the Environment, David Anderson, and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, were joined by municipal and conservation leaders in taking aim at the ill-fated Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, a project they say Premier Christy Clark needs to oppose outright, rather than negotiating conditions that would leave British Columbians at risk of a catastrophic oil spill.
Early TV coverage (watch evening news tonight – GlobalBC, CTV, CBC, CityTV):
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip promises that First Nations will oppose the project at all levels, including through the review panel, the courts, and if need be, on the land:
Summary of print coverage with lot’s of syndicated pick-up via The Canadian Press and Postmedia across Canada e.g. Global and Metro News:
Enbridge pipeline not in Canada’s best interest: former environment minister
Vancouver Sun, The Province, Montreal Gazette - July 30, 2012
Both Clark and opponents of the pipeline agree Alberta stands to gain the lion’s share of economic benefits while BC takes on most of the environmental risks. But Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, who heads the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, says Clark needs to …
BC Premier urged to reject Enbridge and its ‘cowboy culture’
Globe and Mail - July 30, 2012
Meanwhile, native leader Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, vowed blockades and mass protests against the pipeline, if it receives regulatory approval to proceed. “Our people are prepared to go to the wall against this…
Christy Clark ’missing the point’ on Enbridge, opponents say
Vancouver Sun - July 30, 2012
First Nations, municipal leaders, conservationists and former BC Liberal leader David Anderson will hold a press conference today denouncing Premier Christy Clark’s stance on Enbridge as “missing the point.” Clark’s “focus on pipeline money” will be …
Former environment minister slams Enbridge pipeline plan
Globe and Mail - July 30, 2012
Former Environment Minister David Anderson says the BC coast is too fragile for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to go ahead. Anderson believes Enbridge should not be allowed to construct the pipeline. Subscribe now and get The Globe and Mail the …
BC Enbridge pipeline critics say money not the issue
CBC.ca - July 30, 2012
“Premier Clark is right that we need to stand up to Alberta’s aggressive oil agenda, but selling our coast and rivers out from under us is not the way to do it,” Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs said at a news conference in …
BC ”not for sale” to Enbridge Northern Gateway, say aboriginal and former …
The Vancouver Observer - July 30, 2012
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. Photo source: Union of BC Indian Chiefs video. The head of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs said that selling BC’s coast and rivers is not the way Premier Clark should be fighting against …
Green groups want Premier Clark to ‘just say no’
News1130 - July 30, 2012
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Environmental groups want Christy Clark to stop making the Enbridge pipeline about money and just say no to it. They are concerned even if the premier has conditions over safety met, that it still won’t make the pipeline safe.
Environmental groups on Enbridge: Just Say No
CKNW News Talk 980 - July 30, 2012
That’s what several groups holding a morning news conference are telling the Premier when it comes to the proposed Enbridge Gateway pipeline. Josh Paterson with the Westcoast Environmental Law Association says Premier Christy Clark is missing the point …
More to come.