Nation calls on Federal government to meet its constitutional
NORTH VANCOUVER, and COAST SALISH TERRITORY, BC, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW/ -
In response to yesterday's announcement that Kinder Morgan has filed a
formal application with the National Energy Board (NEB), Tsleil-Waututh
Nation is denouncing the pipeline review process. The Nation says the
NEB review is fundamentally flawed because it is incapable of meeting
the Crown's constitutional obligations to Tsleil-Waututh and other
"So much focus is being put on the NEB process, but the review in no way
absolves the Federal government of its constitutional obligations,"
says Chief Maureen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "The NEB's findings
will be irrelevant if the Federal government fails to uphold its
constitutional obligations with us."
"If Kinder Morgan's pipeline were to be approved, it would have a
devastating impact on our people," continues Chief Thomas. "We have
considered the risks and have made a decision to oppose the expansion
of this pipeline, based on our sacred obligation to protect our lands
The Nation, whose territory is at the terminus of the Trans Mountain
pipeline, has already experienced the results of crude oil handling and
refining on Burrard Inlet for a number of decades. The Nation stands to
be adversely affected by a new pipeline and the associated increase in
tanker traffic. Kinder Morgan's pipeline proposal would see the
transport of crude oil expanded from its present level of approximately
300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day.
About Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Tsleil-Waututh Nation is a progressive and vibrant Coast Salish
community of approximately 500 members. The Nation is located along the
shores of Burrard Inlet in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada, across the
Inlet from the Burnaby terminus of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain
The Nation's Sacred Trust Initiative is mandated to oppose and stop the
Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project. For more information
visit http://www.twnsacredtrust.ca and follow the Sacred Trust Initiative on Twitter: @TWNSacredTrust.
SOURCE: Tsleil-Waututh Nation
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