Cullen, NDP MPs Tour Douglas Channel

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP wishes Tory Colleagues would visit too

6/28/2012

A group of New Democrat M-P's, led by Nathan Cullen, got a first-hand look yesterday, at the waters that oil supertankers would sail, if the Enbridge Northern Gateway project goes ahead.    They were taken on a cruise down the Douglas Channel, guided by a couple of well-known opponents of the project -- Gerald Amos and Bruce Hill.  

They also had a look at site-work, that's already underway for the Kitimat L-N-G project -- and Cullen tried to imagine all the projects planned for the Kitimat area going ahead.

"I think the community needs to see what all the different aspects of this are, like what are all the proposals being put for this bay? -- because you add 'em all up and it starts to get a bit breathtaking,"

Cullen says while he was glad to give his fellow New Democrats a close-up view of our area's geography and ecosystem, he'd really like to have some members of the Harper government visit too. 

"I really wish some of my Conservative colleagues would come out, because they're voting on all this stuff and promoting it all the time, but they have no idea what the actual land and water look like, and we've all gone out and visited the oil sands, I think it's time for some Conservatives to start coming out and visiting the coast," Cullen said.

The night before, Cullen -- and his fellow New Democrat M-P's Megan Leslie, Fin Donnelly, Alex Atamanenko and Randall Garrison -- held a public forum at the Best Western Terrace Inn, where they presented some facts and figures about the Enbridge proposal and fielded questions.  

Enbridge continues to insist Northern Gateway will generate jobs and investment in an area in need of both -- and will adhere to the strictest environmental standards -- on land and on the water.   Opponents say the risks outweigh any potential benefits.

[reported by Tyler Noble]