Northern Gateway pipeline approved despite public opposition

Today the Federal Government approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, despite widespread public opposition and the impacts that this will have on BC’s environment. CPAWS-BC is extremely disappointed that the government has approved a project that poses a clear and significant threat to BC’s wilderness, wildlife and communities. 

The government’s press release correctly states that the review process received “feedback from over 1,450 participants in 21 different communities…9,000 letters of comment.” However, it fails to mention that 98% of participants opposed the pipeline being approved.

The press release also attempts to frame the government’s move as a decision to “impose 209 conditions" on the proposal, giving the impression that it is taking a hardline approach. However, as multiple reviews of this report have shown (e.g. an open letter to Harper from 300 scientists,, these “conditions” are highly discretionary and ultimately non-binding. Furthermore, the report allows potential economic benefits to obscure the impacts of the project. As stated in our response to the Joint Review Panel’s December 2013 report, we are incredulous that the Panel, and now the Federal government, is using this to justify such extreme environmental risks.

Now, more than ever, we are concerned about the fate of BC’s fragile marine ecosystems, its majestic northern landscapes, and that of the communities that depend upon them.

We stand in solidarity with First Nations and all British Columbians that have rejected the Enbridge Northern Gateway project.