On Thursday the National Energy Board made their decision on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Disappointingly, though not surprisingly, they approved the project, with 209 conditions.
B.C. will not get much, if any, revenue, 500-ish long-term jobs is peanuts, unchecked development of the tar sands is a huge contributor to climate change, and no amount of money could ever make up for the massive environmental and social damage that will occur WHEN there is a spill. Not to mention, many First Nations have already declared their opposition to the pipeline crossing their territories. This project can not and will not happen.
You can pledge to Hold the Wall and stand with Yinka Dene Alliance of First Nations here: http://www.holdthewall.ca/
And if you’re like me and want to be ready for the inevitable Christmas dinner pipeline debate, Kai Nagata compiled a list of talking points and facts to keep the discussion somewhat on track: http://kainagata.com/2013/12/20/six-ways-to-keep-the-pipeline-debate-on-track/