NORTH VANCOUVER, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Tsleil-Waututh Nation is
commending the Government of BC on its announcement today regarding
Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline. The Province stated that it
cannot support the project as presented because it has not been able to
address British Columbians' environmental concerns.
"Today we raise our hands to Premier Clark and the Government of BC for
making the right decision. It reassures us that the people of British
Columbia are being heard when it comes to the health of our
environment," says Chief Maureen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "We
feel certain that when the province applies their five criteria to
Kinder Morgan's proposal that they will find that it also fails to meet
those basic standards."
Tsleil-Waututh Nation stands firm with First Nations across BC who
believe the risks associated with mega pipeline projects are too great
to accept. More than 160 Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration, an Indigenous law ban on tar sands pipelines through First Nations
traditional territories. It also bans tar sands oil tankers in the
ocean migration routes of Fraser River salmon on the north and south
coasts of British Columbia.
"The announcement today goes a long way toward supporting our work here
in Burrard Inlet," says Gabriel George, Project Manager, Culture &
Language, Sacred Trust Initiative. "It is our sacred trust to care for
our lands and waters and ensure that pipeline projects won't further
impact the their health. We are standing up on behalf of everyone to
protect these waters for future generations."
Tsleil-Waututh Nation supports sustainable economic development. The
Nation has developed and invested in TWN Wind Power, a sustainable
energy company that offers communities an opportunity to generate clean
energy through small wind power.
"We are now looking to Stephen Harper and the Federal Government to see
how they will respond. It is now overwhelmingly clear that the vast
majority of British Columbians do not support these pipelines,"
continues Chief Thomas.
Tsleil-Waututh Nation is adamantly opposed to Kinder Morgan's proposal
to build a new pipeline to bring crude oil/bitumen to foreign markets
through Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea. The 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. The pipeline
terminates in Tsleil-Waututh territory. The Nation has experienced the
results of crude oil handling and refining on Burrard Inlet for a
number of decades. The Nation is expecting government-to-government
consultation on this project.
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. Follow the
Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initiative on Twitter: @TWNSacredTrust
For more information please visit www.twnation.ca.
SOURCE: Tsleil-Waututh Nation
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