Council of Canadians responds to Enbridge Northern Gateway recommendation

Media Statement
December 20, 2013

In response to the National Energy Board (NEB) decision to recommend approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, the Council of Canadians issues the following statement:

“If the Harper government approves this and other export pipelines, Canada is clearly signalling its dependence on extreme forms of energy into the future,” says Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. “We are signalling our utter failure in helping to avoid runaway climate change by starting the conversion to a sustainable energy future. Going after these pipelines is the most important fight we have now.”

“The NEB’s recommendation does not give a green light to Northern Gateway,” says Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner with the Council of Canadians. “It flies in the face of B.C. First Nations’ constitutional rights, who have clearly rejected the pipeline and tankers in their territory. This decision stokes the flames of opposition that have been kindled across the country – Enbridge, Harper and all others supporting this pipeline should consider themselves on notice.”

-30-

www.canadians.org/fracking | Twitter: @CouncilOfCDNs