January 18, 2016

Vancouver Area Climate Activists Demand Suspension of Pipeline Reviews

Deliver “People’s Injunction” notice to Vancouver offices of the National Energy Board

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Vancouver – Today, community members and organizers with 350Vancouver delivered a “People’s Injunction” notice to the Vancouver office of the National Energy Board (NEB) demanding the suspension or cancellation of the upcoming Kinder Morgan pipeline hearings. Organizers say that the hearings, which start tomorrow, will mark the breaking of a key campaign promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to overhaul Stephen Harper’s pipeline reviews.

“You can’t fix a broken car while it’s driving, just like this government can’t rebuild Canada’s environmental regulations while still putting pipelines through Stephen Harper’s reviews,” said Claris Figueira, an organizer with 350Vancouver . “This government promised new reviews and now it’s up to them to keep that promise by stopping these Kinder Morgan hearings from starting tomorrow.”

The NEB refused to send out a representative to accept the injunction and respond to the organizers’ demands .

“If this government is going to meet commitments like a 1.5ºC climate limit or the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, they can’t continue to review pipelines with no consideration of the climate impacts or the rights of Indigenous peoples,” Cameron Fenton, Tar Sands organizer with the global climate campaign 350.org explained. “That’s why we’re calling for the suspension or cancellation of these reviews, because it’s 2016, and we need legitimate reviews and a government that keeps it’s climate promises.”

The action is part of a national mobilization effort calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cancel or suspend the NEB reviews of the Energy East pipeline and the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain pipeline. To date, actions have taken place at a number of Member of Parliament offices, including the Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of Environment & Climate Change, and are expected to continue over the coming weeks. A similar action took place in Montreal at the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier today, click here for more information.


Contact: Cameron Fenton, 604-369-2155, [email protected]