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“First Nations says no to Enbridge Gateway pipeline”


Carol Christian in Fort McMurray Today

A B.C. First Nation has given Enbridge a resounding “no” when it comes to the Northern Gateway pipeline going through the Gitga’at lands, from the Alberta oilsands to the Pacific coast.

Not only are the Gitga’at concerned about environmental impacts, there are concerns it will mean cultural devastation for the First Nation that remains largely dependent on the traditional way of life.

The Gitga’at are especially leery following the 2006 sinking of the Queen of the North ferry, and claim the community is living with the upwelling of hydrocarbons from the sunken ferry, and worse to come, they say, as the ship and the vehicles within it decay, releasing toxic substances near traditional food gathering areas.


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