Following on the heels of large rallies in Victoria, B.C. on October 22 protesting Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project, the Ottawa-based Council of Canadians launched a six-city tour October 23 to stop pipeline expansion in B.C.
The No Pipelines! No Tankers! public speaking tour is based on a Council of Canadians report of the same name released Wednesday. The report challenges plans to build the Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipelines, which it refers to as “carbon bombs.” Both lines would cross B.C. from east to west.
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow says if the pipelines are built there will be no incentive to reduce fossil fuel production.
“These pipelines are not only the arteries carrying the dirtiest oil on Earth, they become the drivers of an expanded industry as there will be relentless pressure to keep them full. We must and will stop these pipelines,” Barlow said in a press release.
The tour began in Fort McMurray; between October 24 and 30 it will also stop in Kamloops, Burnaby, Nanaimo, Smithers and Prince George — all B.C. cities along the proposed Northern Gateway route.