Defend Our Coast Rally in Kitimat a Success
About 30 Kitimat residents showed up at the Defend Our Coast rally outside Skeena MLA Robin Austin's office yesterday.
Douglas Channel Watch member and activist Murray Michin addressed that many across province stood on their corner against the Northern Gateway Pipeline project, but made it clear that they were in the forefront of the fight.
"It's up to us, here at ground zero. We've got the tank farms, we've got super tankers, and we've pipelines. So we've got a triple barrell threat here in Kitimat.. and if we dig our heels in and stand our ground, they'll be thousands coming to join us, and even if it's got a green light.. it's going nowhere."
Haisla Elder Gerald Amos spoke about what he felt his people would lose if there was a pipeline or oil tanker spill as a result of Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline project.
"It's about food security. It's about the security of our grandchildren's ability to harvest like I've done all my life. That's really what's at stake with respect to this Enbridge proposal"
Wednesday was Defend Our Coast day of action in B-C, and people all across the province rallied against oil pipelines and increased oil tanker traffic.
Northwest communities that took part in the event alongside Kitimat yesterday included Terrace, Hazelton, and Smithers.