VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Canadians stood up to be counted when proponents of the Enbridge tar sands pipeline through environmentally critical Britsh Columbia used the insidious tactic of villifying the opposition in the name of “jobs and growth.”
Native Canadian Marven Robinson of the Gitga’at First Nation band council, was one of them.
“It’s all risk to us,” the Victoria Times Colonist quoted him as saying as hearings open January 10. “There’s no benefit.”
Robinson knows the risk. The Gitga’at lost their livelihood of harvesting shellfish when the oil ferry Queen of the North sank in Hartley Bay in March 2006. The Times Colonist lists other disasters and near-disasters.
The list includes the near-collision of a US nuclear submarine with an Alaskan freighter in Juan de Fuca Strait in October 2011.
The article also appears in the Prince George Citizen.