First Nations protest against Northern Gateway Pipeline

If the project goes forward, the tankers would travel past the protest group’s Pacific coast Hartley Bay homes.

Protest organizers have spent months crocheting a chain and accepting donated links from across Canada. Today they’re stringing it, about 2.5 miles across the mouth of Douglas Channel.


That’s the narrow entrance the tankers will use to reach a proposed oil export terminal at Kitimat, and protest organizer, Lynne Hill says the chain serves notice that Northern Gateway opponents will do everything possible to halt the project.

The federal government granted final approval to the pipeline earlier this week, initiating a string of First Nation’s protests staring in Vancouver.

At that one, aboriginal leaders warned Premier Christy Clark to stand firm against the pipeline or run the risk of losing all First Nation’s support for her much cherished, and long promoted, LNG development.

Calgary based Enbridge, the pipeline project proponent, still must meet 4 of 5 permit conditions put forward by the province, in addition to the more than 200 attached to Ottawa’s approval.

First Nations have been more open to natural gas than oil pipelines, believing they represent a significantly diminished, environmental threat in the case of a spill.