Pro-pipeline indigenous groups ask for help in fight against Federal Liberals
More than 30 First Nations groups backing the $16 billion Eagle Spirit pipeline have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help pay legal fees in their attempt to get Bill C-48 overturned.
The Oil Tanker Moratorium Act was passed unilaterally by the Trudeau Liberals last spring, banning the transportation of crude off the northern coast of BC and effectively killing any export pipelines to Prince Rupert or Kitimat. The Eagle Spirit pipeline would run from Bruderheim, AB to Grassy Point, BC, just south of Prince Rupert. The line was advertised as a more socially and environmentally acceptable alternative to Enbridge's Northern Gateway.
Although the federal government says it consulted "extensively" with Indigenous groups, many First Nations communities in the area say they were never consulted.
The group says environmental protection needs to be balanced with social welfare and job prospects, calling on "big American environmental NGO’s" to keep their noses out of Canada's business. The organizers says they need the public's help to cover legal costs, given that most of their communities have unemployment rates near 90%, serious health concerns and third-world living standards.
Bill C-48 passed its second reading in the House of Commons last October.