Premier Horgan: Stop the CGL pipeline

Send an email to BC Premier Horgan calling for the Coastal GasLink pipeline to be stopped! The B.C. government is about to extend the permit for this pipeline despite repeated failures by TransCanada, the pipeline's owner, to respect Wet'suwet'en territory and sovereignty, or to follow the rules set out by the province's first approval. The decision to extend the permit or not is likely to come in the next few days.

Add your voice! Join in showing solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en and send an email today.

TO: B.C. Premier, John Horgan, Premier@gov.bc.ca
CC: Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Doug Donaldson, FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca
 

Premier of B.C.
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Coastal GasLink (CGL), owned by TransCanada, is a proposed pipeline intended to run from Groundbirch to Kitimat in British Columbia. This pipeline would be connected to a huge network of natural gas pipelines in Alberta and the company boasts that it could be converted to transport bitumen instead of natural gas in the future. Since the company tried to do just that with the now defeated Energy East Pipeline, this potential should be taken seriously.

If completed, the CGL pipeline would run through the unceded, unsurrendered territory of numerous Indigenous nations, including the Wet’suwet’en. Many of these nations have never signed treaties with Canada or the Crown and have lived on their land since time immemorial – and have oral and physical evidence to prove it.

The Delgamuukw case is a landmark Supreme Court decision that, among other things, establishes that the Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan Nations have “Aboriginal title” to their collective 58,000 km² territories. Despite the court decision and the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples, TransCanada, the B.C. government, and the RCMP are all ignoring that title by building, permitting, and defending the pipeline.

The Wet’suwet’en have been fighting this pipeline and two others in this proposed “energy corridor” for more than a decade. You may recall last winter when the RCMP brutally attacked their land defence efforts after B.C. issued permits for this pipeline and TransCanada was granted an injunction by the court. Land defenders and allies were removed from the territory – many by extreme force – and the company gained access to the territory of the Unist’ot’en, one of five Wet’suwet’en clans.

Since then, the company has knowingly bulldozed a section of the ancient Kweese War Trail. This trail is a vital piece of cultural heritage that passes through Unist’ot’en and the broader Wet’suwet’en territory. The company’s actions continue to damage Wet’suwet’en cultural heritage and attempt to erase their presence. Read more about the Wet’suwet’en clan system and territories.

The province has stood by and supported this destruction, despite the Wet’suwet’en repeatedly voicing concerns about the inadequacy of archaeological survey work on the territory and the destruction of their territory. Wet’suwet’en traditional chiefs have not consented to – and in fact vocally oppose – the construction of this pipeline. They continue to document the company’s violations of Wet’suwet’en law and Canadian environmental and archaeological permits. Watch this video for more information.

Soon, B.C. Premier John Horgan and Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Doug Donaldson will decide whether to extend the CGL permit to continue clearing a right-of-way for the pipeline. Can you send an email to demand that the permit not be extended?

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