Everybody is against Enbridge on Haida Gwaii

untied against enbridge
CC BY 2.0 Lloyd Alter

Poor Stephen Harper. The Prime Minister of Canada has all that oil trapped in the sands of Alberta and no place to go, with the Keystone Pipeline held up in Washington. Fortunately the big energy powerhouse Enbridge has an all-Canadian alternative:

© Pipe up against Enbridge

The Northern Gateway Pipelline, an 1,170 km (727 mile) long pair of pipes running over mountains, watersheds, rainforests and first nation territories, ending in Kitimat, where it will be loaded into tankers that will carry it away to Asia via some of the most beautiful and treacherous waters in North America. Those waters happen to be between British Columbia, Alaska and Haida Gwaii.

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In Toronto where I live, there is a constituency for every side of an issue. Even Rob Ford had hundreds of thousands of supporters and might have won again had he run. But I have never seen anything like the consensus against Stephen Harper and the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline; almost every single house and business that I saw on Graham Island sported this sign.

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Even chickens are United Against Enbridge.

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Been there, done that, bought the T shirt.

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There are not a lot of stop signs on Haida Gwaii, but almost every one of them sports this additional message. Now admittedly, this is not Stephen Harper country; the population is about evenly split between Haida and hippies. But I can't help thinking that people across the country are getting tired of this obsession with dirty oil that is embarrassing this country so.

Lloyd Alter was in Haida Gwaii as a guest of the Rainforest Alliance.

Tags: Rainforest Alliance | Tar Sands

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